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UFC Vegas 32 Co-Main Event: Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson Breakdown

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The UFC returns to live-action this Saturday night at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas for the penultimate card from the MMA promotion for this month, UFC Vegas 32, also known as UFC on ESPN 27.

As the other title suggests, UFC Vegas 32 will be featured exclusively on ESPN inside the United States, along with a live simulcast on its subscription-based streamer ESPN+.

Coverage of the 14-fight card (barring any postponements for any reason) will begin with the prelims at 4 pm ET/ 1 pm PT, followed by main card action at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT — including the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event.

In your co-headliner on Saturday evening, it’ll be a women’s bantamweight confrontation matching #3 Aspen Ladd (9-1) with #9 Macy Chiasson (8-1).

As is the case with most nontitle co-main attractions, the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event will be a maximum of three rounds at five minutes per round.

UFC Vegas 32 Co-Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event on Saturday evening, Chiasson is the taller competitor, standing 5-foot-11, with Ladd standing 5-foot 6.

In addition, Chiasson holds a four-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 68 inches) over Ladd, along with a 3 1/2-inch leg reach advantage (42 inches even to 38 1/2 inches) going into your UFC Vegas 32 co-headliner.

Aspen Ladd Heads Into UFC Vegas 32 Looking To Build Off TKO Win

Ladd has posted a 4-1 record during her last five UFC appearances, besting Yana Kunitskaya (first-round TKO: left cross followed by ground and pound shots) last time out during UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, DC on Dec. 7, 2019.

Since then, Ladd was scheduled to fight twice last year, but both of those appearances were canceled without a single punch thrown.

March 28, 2020, UFC Fight Night in Columbus, OH was to have featured Ladd taking on Julianna Pena, but that bout was scratched upon the latter sustaining an injury. Not long before the event’s scheduled date, the show was postponed as a whole, along with all then-upcoming UFC cards, due to the onset of COVID-19 as a pandemic.

Ladd was then rebooked for the following June to fight Sara McMann, but that time, it was the former withdrawing from the show due to an ACL and MCL tear — making Saturday’s UFC Vegas 32 co-main event Aspen Ladd’s first UFC bout in over a year and a half.

Will Ring Rust Play A Factor?

Last November, Ladd gave an interview where she said that she’d be targeting a 2021 return to the UFC due to her injury with James Lynch of Overtime Heroics, saying:

“The knee is going really, really good, actually. I think I’m like three and a half months (out) right now, a little bit more. Recovery is right on track. It’s actually a little bit ahead of schedule, but I’m doing everything that the PTs (physical therapists) say, exactly, down to a T, and the second it’s strong enough and I’m good to go, I’ll be back.”

Macy Chiasson On A Roll Ahead of UFC Vegas 32

In the other corner, Macy Chiasson enters this weekend’s co-headliner on a 4-1 clip in her last five bouts, including an ongoing two-fight winning streak.

Most recently, she fought the distance against the newly-retired Marion Reneau during UFC Vegas 22 on March 21 of this year, scoring the unanimous decision in that evening’s featured preliminary bout.

After her win, Chiasson met with the media, describing her victory thusly:

“You know, it went really well. There were a few positions that I lost that I shouldn’t have. But what can you do? It’s a fight, right? Sometimes, things aren’t going to go your way, and I think, for me, it was all about growth. I haven’t been in the cage in a year, and honestly, even though there were a lot of downs because of that, a lot of cancellations, postponements, I think it’s a blessing in disguise because I think I just needed a little bit of time to develop, not only physically and technically, but mentally. The biggest factor for me was composure because I basically grew up in the UFC. I was only 2-0 when I got in here, 8-1 now, most of my fights against game opponents in the UFC. So, for me, it was a lot of mental work. If I’m going to fight these girls, I can’t take everyone out in the first round, like I’ve got to expect it could be three rounds.”

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event seems to favor Ladd, who holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as subscribing to boxing, wrestling, and kickboxing as her combative disciplines.

Ladd Can End This One Early

Being a well-rounded fighter could obviously play into Aspen Ladd’s hand in this one, as evidenced in the tape of her fight against Tonya Evinger in UFC 229’s undercard in October of 2018. After some sprawling, Ladd took back mount and landed a flurry of ground and pound shots before transitioning to back mount, flattening Tonya Evinger out before finally ending this one with more ground and pound shots.

The key for Ladd to establish control is going to be getting Chiasson on the cage mat. If Ladd is able to effectively grapple with Chiasson, the momentum will swing in her favor tremendously, potentially setting herself up for a big win.

…But So Can Chiasson

Don’t underestimate Macy Chiasson, as she could also end the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event inside of 15 minutes — as she did in her UFC 235 fight against Gina Mazany.

That night in March of 2019, Chiasson needed just a minute and 49 seconds of the first-round clock and a well-timed right hand coming out of the clinch with Mazany, who was already stunned by an earlier shot, to put her down with a flurry of right-handed punches to end the fight.

If Chiasson can score with a right hand to wobble Ladd, or if she can land some punches in the clinch, it can be the opening she needs to end the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event inside the distance.

Final Thoughts

As has been the warning ahead of so many other fights in recent weeks, make your fridge run ahead of the UFC Vegas 32 co-main event on Saturday night, because there might not be an opportune time to make one during the fight.

Expect high-level competitive violence here.

Don’t miss it.

Prediction: Macy Chiasson by First-Round Knockout.

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