Editor's Note: Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson has been scratched from the UFC Vegas 32 card following an injury to Chiasson. At this time, it's unclear whether the matchup will be rescheduled.
Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson is the co-main event for UFC Fight Night betting on Saturday, July 24.
This will be an intriguing fight in the women's bantamweight division, as one of the sport's rising stars in Ladd returns to the octagon after a grueling recovery from knee injuries.
UFC betting lines have Ladd as a -182 favorite while Chiasson comes back at +152.
Here are our best free Ladd vs. Chiasson picks and predictions for UFC Fight Night action on July 24 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Ladd vs Chiasson fight odds
Live odds courtesy of the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
Ladd vs Chiasson method of victory odds
|Method of Victory||Aspen Ladd||Macy Chiasson|
|Win by KO/TKO||+340||+700|
|Win by Points||+160||+280|
|Win by Submission||+600||+1,800|
Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook as of July 22, 2021.
Ladd vs Chiasson betting preview
Aspen Ladd is currently ranked No. 3 in the women's bantamweight decision but will be fighting for the first time in 20 months after recovering from a torn ACL and MCL. The 26-year-old had been one of the most promising young fighters in the UFC, and in her last appearance knocked out Yana Kunitskaya in December of 2019.
Ladd is 9-1 in her career with an impressive TKO win over former Invicta bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger on her resume. Her only defeat came at the formidable hands of one of the best female fighters in the world, Germaine de Randamie.
Ladd is a solid striker but her biggest strength is her offensive wrestling, where she uses powerful takedowns and vicious ground-and-pound to pulverize her opponents.
Macy Chiasson is the No. 10 ranked women's bantamweight contender and is fresh off a unanimous decision win against Marion Reneau in March.
Chiasson is 5-1 in the octagon and is one of the biggest female fighters around, entering the UFC in the now-defunct women's featherweight division and possessing a 72-inch reach. The 29-year-old is at her best on her feet where she can use her length and power in the striking exchanges.
Ladd vs Chiasson tale of the tape
|Aspen Ladd||Macy Chiasson|
|135 lbs||Weight||136 lbs|
|66 inches||Reach||72 inches|
|9-1-0 (6 KO)||Record||8-1-0 (3 KO)|
Ladd vs Chiasson UFC predictions and betting picks
PREDICTION: Fight to go the distance - No (+125) - Ladd isn't one of those wrestling specialists that just lays on her opponents and relies on control, she unleashes brutal ground-and-pound which typically results in finishes.
Eight of Ladd's ten career fights have ended by stoppage. Chiasson's defensive wrestling was exposed in her defeat to Lina Lansberg and if she can't keep this fight standing up, she will be battered on the ground.
That said, coming back from a torn ACL and MCL is incredibly tough in any sport, and Ladd's mobility might never be the same — and her striking defense was subpar even before those injuries. Chiasson has heavy hands and while her last two wins came by decision, her previous three victories came by stoppage including knockout wins against Sarah Moras and Gina Mazany.
Whether this fight stays standing up or ends up on the ground, we don't see it going the distance.
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