Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs. Dumont

    Reed Kuhn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and strategy and analytics consultant. He is the author of “Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers and Science in Mixed Martial Arts,” the first book to quantify drivers and performance metrics in combat sports.

Strange days for this weekend’s headliner, Aspen Ladd. Less than two weeks ago, Ladd failed dangerously to make weight, drawing criticism to herself and even her team for putting her in a seemingly unsafe position to fight. But a week later, she gets the call to move up a weight class and replace former women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm. That’s a lot of respect for the No. 3-ranked bantamweight. In the meantime, relative newcomer Norma Dumont goes from being a severe underdog to a minimal one.

MMA analysts Reed Kuhn and Ian Parker are here to give you their best bets for UFC Fight Night.

Prelims start at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+, and the main card begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Women’s featherweight main event: Aspen Ladd (-135) vs. No. 10 Norma Dumont (+115)

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