Taking main event status at the UFC Apex facility, a featherweight matchup between the #3 ranked bantamweight contender, Aspen Ladd, and Brazilian contender, Norma Dumont.
Replacing former undisputed bantamweight champion, Holly Holm on short notice, Ladd is slated to make her featherweight division bow following a botched bantamweight cut for a scheduled UFC Vegas 39 bout with Macy Chiasson.
9-1 as a professional, Ladd last featured professionally at UFC Fight Night D.C. back in December 2019, rallying to stop one-time featherweight title challenger, Yana Kunitskaya with an early third round knockout win. In July of that year, Ladd suffered her sole professional loss in the form of a quickfire knockout defeat to inaugural featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie.
Boasting a 6-1 professional record, Belo Horizonte native, Dumont has managed to score two successive victories in her last two Octagon outings.
Debuting in the promotion back in February of last year, Dumont suffered a first round knockout defeat against Megan Anderson. In two matchups since, Dumont has defeated both Ashlee Evans-Smith, as well as one-time title challenger, Felicia Spencer.
UFC Vegas 40 Results: Ladd vs. Dumont
Main Card: (ESPN + 7 pm E.T.)
Featherweight: Norma Dumont def. Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski def. Carlos Felipe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Erick Gonzalez via second round (0:14) KO (punch)
Flyweight: Manon Fiorot def. Mayra Bueno Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Featherweight: Nate Landwehr def. L’udovit Klein via third round (2:22) submission (D’Arce choke)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN + 4:30 pm E.T.)
Middleweight: Bruno Silva def. Andrew Sanchez via third round (2:23) TKO (strikes)
Welterweight: Danny Roberts def. Ramazan Emeev via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Flyweight: Luana Carolina def. Lupita Godinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Danaa Batgerel def. Brandon Davis via first round (2:01) TKO (strikes)
Strawweight: Ariane Carnelossi def. Istela Nunes via third round (2:57) submission (rear-naked choke)