- Aspen Ladd’s betting odds for her UFC Vegas 40 bout against Norma Dumont have faded to -113 at BetOnline.
- Ladd opened as a -160 betting favorite on Thursday.
- At -107, this is the first time that Dumont has seen the minus money sign next to her name under the UFC.
Aspen Ladd opened as the -160 betting favorite to beat Norma Dumont in the main event of UFC Vegas 40.
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Dumont:
Aspen Ladd (-160)
Norma Dumont (+140)https://t.co/tsSksvsqLx @AspenLaddMMA
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) October 7, 2021
But those betting odds have changed as fast as her next fight was put together.
Ladd Steps in to Face Norma Dumont
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 8, 2021
Ladd was tapped to replace the injured Holly Holm in the October 16th main event. But barely 24 hours after the odds went live, Ladd’s odds have drifted to -135 at BetMGM, -120 at DraftKings, and an even longer -113 at the BetOnline App.
On the other hand, Dumont opened at +140 and she is now listed at +110 at BetMGM, even money at DraftKings, and even at minus money odds at the BetOnline App at -107. The 31-year old Brazilian has never closed at minus money odds before in her UFC career and her shortest odds ever inside the Octagon was as a +130 bottom dog during her bout against Ashlee Evans-Smith.
But although Dumont has been the underdog in her first three UFC bouts, she’s won the last two, including a very narrow split decision victory over former Invicta FC featherweight champion and UFC featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer in her most recent bout at UFC Vegas 27 last May 22nd. Her only UFC loss came as a +250 betting underdog against Megan Anderson in her UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 169 last February 29, 2020.
Not the First Time
Ladd appeared shaky on the scale and missed weight at 137 pounds Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/FKqPYAh582
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 1, 2021
Ladd shaking on the scales last week wasn’t a first-time occurrence in the UFC. It can be recalled that Ladd was also shaking as she tried to make weight during her 2019 bout against Germaine de Randamie. She made weight for that bout but ended up getting knocked out in 16 seconds the following day. After the bout, her license was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after gaining more than 18% of her weight between the weigh-ins and the fight.
Last week’s bout was also supposed to be Ladd’s first bout back after nearly two years. She suffered ACL and MCL tears while training for a bout against Sara McMann on June 27, 2020. As it stands, Ladd’s last bout was a TKO win over Yana Kunitskaya on December 7, 2019.
While Ladd had her woes, Dumont has been proving the oddsmakers wrong. Since losing her first UFC bout, she had gone on to win as a +130 betting underdog against Ashlee Evans-Smith and as a +172 bottom dog against Spencer. Dumont was looking forward to beating a ranked opponent in Holly Holm but she will be content with dealing Ladd her second loss in the UFC.