Aspen Ladd remembers months-old challenge from Yana Kunitskaya, proposes new booking

Two days removed from her latest win, fast-rising UFC women’s bantamweight contender Aspen Ladd is ready to book her next fight.

While she didn’t initially have any challenges in mind following her UFC on ESPN+ 10 victory over Sijara Eubanks in New York, Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) today took to social media to propose a matchup that had initially been presented to her three months ago: Yana Kunitskaya (12-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

In February, Kunitskaya took note of Ladd’s canceled bout with Holly Holm and made it clear that while she was busy at the moment, “Foxy” would be interested in a future contest with the undefeated prospect.

Hey @AspenLaddMMA

So sorry that your fight got cancelled. My focus now is with my upcoming fight in March. But after that…I am extremely interested to face u !!!

On Monday, Ladd went back to that initial offer and gave her official reply.

U ready to step up @YanaKunitskaya1 let’s run it….

Ladd is currently ranked No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, while Kunitskaya checks in at No. 10.

Kunitskaya is currently riding a two-fight winning streak after notching decision victories over Marion Reneau and Lina Lansberg. The Russian native was forced to take some time off following her March win over Reneau to have her nose surgically repaired. However, Kunitskaya recently said she’s returned to sparring.

Meanwhile, Ladd is undefeated through the first right fights of her professional career and scored a “Fight of the Night” bonus for the win over Eubanks. After previous UFC stoppage wins over Tonya Evinger and Lansberg, the 24-year-old seems to be on the fast track for a future title shot.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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