Report – Irene Aldana books UFC 273 return against Aspen Ladd on April 9.

Returning to the Octagon for the primary time since a catastrophic knee damage final 12 months, California native, Ladd dropped a unanimous judging defeat to Norma Dumont in October at UFC Vegas 40. Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPNDeportes was first to report the conflict between Aldana, and Ladd. 

Aldana, 33, a 10-fight alum of the UFC, started her tenure with the promotion with a pair of resolution losses to each Leslie Smith, and one-time flyweight title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian.

Following these beginning defeats, Aldana, a product of Lobo Gymnasium, launched into a three-fight profitable spree in opposition to Talita Bernardo, Lucie Pudilova, and Bethe Correira, earlier than dropping one other shut resolution loss to Raquel Pennington. 

Rebounding since, Aldana bested each Vanessa Melo, and in spectacular trend, handed Ketlen Vieira her first promotional loss within the type of a thunderous first spherical knockout at UFC 244. Earlier than he win over Kunitskaya, Aldana headlined in Abu Dhabi, UAE again in October of final 12 months – struggling a judging loss to former division champion, Holly Holm. 

9-2 as knowledgeable, Folsom native, Ladd final scored a victory over common-opposition, Kunitskaya at UFC Battle Evening D.C. in December 2019. 

Earlier than he win over the Russian striker, Ladd dropped a high-profile first spherical knockout loss to inaugural UFC featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie in the principle occasion of UFC Battle Evening Sacramento in July 2019. The loss snapped an ideal eight-fight run for Ladd, which included UFC wins over Sijara Eubanks, Tonya Evinger, and Lina Lansberg.

Ross Markey

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