UFC Vegas 32 Loses Its Co-Main Event- Macy Chiasson Withdraws From Bout Against Aspen Ladd

Published 07/23/2021, 4:17 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 02: Gina Mazany and Macy Chiasson trade punches in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Vegas 32 suffered a blow just as fight night approaches with the news that the scheduled co-main event is canceled. UFC bantamweights Aspen Ladd and Macy Chiasson will no longer be competing on the card per UFC official. When the news first broke, it wasn’t confirmed which of the two women were forced out of their contest.

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However, sources close to the situation confirmed to MMA Junkie as well as other independent reporters that the withdrawal came from Chiasson’s end. As it stands, the fight card now has 11 fights, and it’s not clear if any bout will be bumped up from the prelims.

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MMA fans were quite disappointed by the news and so was Aspen Ladd. In fact, Ladd petitioned to possibly face Miesha Tate at bantamweight who just competed in last week’s co-main event. Given the last-minute nature of the fall-out, it’s unlikely Ladd will find any replacement, let alone Tate.

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The women’s 135-pound division has picked up quite a bit of steam as of late and there are several reasons for that. Chiefly, Amanda Nunes is set to defend her belt once more in short order against Julianna Pena at UFC 265. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ is expected to bring the fight to Nunes and provide an all-out war for the fans.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Megan Anderson of Australia in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Furthermore, Miesha Tate also made her long-awaited return as mentioned earlier and this has excited fans. ‘Cupcake’ Tate is an icon in women’s MMA and she looked better than ever en route to a TKO win over Marion Reneau. Although Reneau was 44-years old and on a four-fight skid, Tate hadn’t competed since 2016 making it a compelling bout.

Aspen Ladd vs Macy Chiasson was a solid addition to UFC Vegas 32 as the division is in constant need of new contenders. Moreover, the placement on the card as the co-main event showed that the UFC was backing them to bring the action. However, with Ladd already looking to move-on, it’s unclear how things will shape up going forward.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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