Amador County mixed martial arts fighter Aspen Ladd continued her perfect start with the UFC as she defeated Tonya Evinger in the first round at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
During the fight, Ladd forced the former Invicta FC champ to the mat, maneuvered to top position and then unleashed a series of hard punches that forced the end of the fight at the 3:26 mark.
This marks the second win for Ladd in as many fights with the UFC, potentially setting the stage for a major move up in competition. Ladd is currently ranked seventh in the UFC in the bantamweight division (135 pounds).
Ladd, a 23-year-old native of Pioneer, got her start training in fight sports at the MMA Underground gym in Sutter Creek. She currently trains with the MMA Gold Fight Team based in El Dorado Hills and attends Folsom Lake College.
She is now 7-0 as a professional fighter, having fought five times for the all-female Invicta FC promotion based in Kansas City. Prior to that, she compiled an 8-1 amateur fight record competing at local fight venues in Sacramento and Reno.
In addition to $14,000 in base pay and a $14,000 win bonus, Ladd also received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus awarded from the promotion for her win on Saturday night.