For Aspen Ladd, Nothing Else Matters Beyond Invicta FC 18

How she came into her fight against Kelly McGill at Invicta FC 16 in March wasn’t quite how female bantamweight up-and-comer Aspen Ladd would have liked, but she nonetheless was able to come away with a solid third-round TKO victory.

With McGill’s originally scheduled opponent, Amberlynn Orr, dropping out of their bout, Ladd stepped in on short notice, even though she was feeling less than 100-percent healthy.

“I think I did pretty well considering they called me on a week’s notice, while I was in bed sick with the flu,” Ladd told “Honestly, when we know there’s an Invicta date, we train anyway, because there’s been several times where you’ve got to be ready for the call when someone drops (out of a fight).

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“You’ve got to be ready for the date. It’s just with everything else going on, we didn’t expect it at that point. I was ready, but it was interesting circumstances with me being sick and all that.”

Her victory of McGill was Ladd’s third win in a row to start her pro career. And while she would like to be a bit more active, Ladd is pleased with her strong start.

Aspen Ladd - Invicta FC“Honestly, I’d like to fight more often than I do now, but as far as how my career is going, yeah, I’m happy,” she said. “I want to be known as a finisher, somebody that you can call on short notice, who gets the job done.

“I don’t want to be a boring fighter. Nobody wants that. It doesn’t matter if you win and you’re boring or have a bunch of decisions, nobody wants that. I want to be known as a finisher and an exciting fighter for the most part.”

Ladd (3-0) will look to remain undefeated when she takes on Jessica Hoy (1-0) in a main card 135-pound bout at Invicta FC 18 on Friday in Kansas City.

“It’s the same as any other opponent for the most part,” Ladd said. “I don’t watch them too much. I don’t focus on what they’re good at, because you can get lost on what your own strengths are.

“My coaches pay attention and watch (Hoy), and we’ll come together with a game plan and go for it. But I need to adapt as the fight goes on.”

Combined with her amateur career, Ladd greatly out-experiences her opponent, but she’s not going to underestimate Hoy or look past her on the way to anything bigger in 2016.

“I assume any opponent I get in the Invicta cage is going to be good,” said Ladd. “You don’t get here without being good. It’s not going to be any stress, no matter who it is.

“I’m not looking past Jessica. Right now, this is it. She’s the most important person in the world and it’s the next fight. Anything beyond that is not a concern for right now.”

(Photo courtesy of Invicta FC and Esther Lin)

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