Sunday, October 07, 2018

"Get a microphone on that lady." - Joe Rogan

Undefeated 23-year-old Aspen Ladd just beat former Invicta champion Tonya Evinger a lot faster than Cris Cyborg did. And she did it with an MMA equivalent to karate's kiai, one that would put Maria Sharapova to shame. Ladd said she doesn't do it in training, as she isn't trying to hurt her sparring partners. And when it happens in fights, she has no recall of it.

“I’m usually told after it happens,” said Ladd afterward, as transcribed by Ben Fowlkes for MMAjunkie. “It’s a very primal moment. You’re in there with somebody who, if you think about it, they want to take everything that you’re working for, everything that you’ve been suffering for and training for your entire life. They’re trying to take it from you. It’s a very primal moment. It’s not really something you think about. It just happens.”

“My intent was to finish it as soon as I could, and in the most vicious way possible. I got as close to that as I could.”

“Mentally, I’m ready for any fight they present. But I’m here for the long haul. I’m not chasing, OK, give me the champion, that kind of thing. I’m here to fight. I’m here to get as many wins as possible. I’m here to fight the toughest women in the world. I’m not after the belt necessarily. If they shove it at me, sure, I’ll fight for it.”

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