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Norma Dumont gets a unanimous decision win over Aspen Ladd
Oct 19, 2021, 4:43:00 AM

Norma Dumont gets a unanimous decision win over Aspen Ladd

Norma Dumont fought in her first career main event at UFC Vegas 40. She used her jab well to get the unanimous decision win over Aspen Ladd. This was not a truly exciting fight but Dumont got the job done with her constant use of her lead jab that constantly popped Ladd in the face.

This was Ladd’s return after a layoff due to a major surgery on her knee. Ladd looked slow which was a far cry from her fiery offence from before the injury. Ring rust played a huge part in the match and Dumont capitalized on that. The scorecards were in Dumont’s favour with two 49-46 and a 48-47.

Dumont has three wins in a row with two coming in the featherweight ranks. She needs more wins to challenge for the title but she is already looking for a shot at the belt. Dumont also wanted to tell Ladd that she is not in her natural weight class. It would be interesting to see Ladd move on to the 145-pound division because it suits her much better than 135.

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Ladd is mostly known for her strength on the mat with her ground-and-pound style. Dumont trained well to prevent takedowns which was evident in this fight. She won the fight with constant hits but she also had strong takedown defence which is valuable when it comes to matches against specialists like Ladd.

Almost the whole fight, it looked like a stalemate because Ladd was trying to shoot in for the takedowns but Dumont managed to snuff them out. Ladd was hesitant in the early rounds which tipped the fight in Dumont’s favour. Even so, Ladd should have been more aggressive in the early rounds so they can see more of a slugfest rather than a dull fight.

Dumont was supposed to fight Holly Holm but the latter was forced to sit out with a knee injury. Featherweight champ Amanda Nunes might be the next target on Dumont’s mind considering that the champ is still looking for a challenger for both of her titles.

Dumont will be a top choice for the future with her stellar performances and a potential title fight sometime soon.

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Words: Cholo Martin

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