Macy Chiasson relishes her role of outsider against Ladd
LAS VEGAS – Macy Chiasson didn’t expect to fight Aspen Ladd at this point in her career, but now that it’s here she’s ready to make a statement.
“I’m so excited for this opportunity,” Chiasson told MMA Junkie during a media day at UFC Apex. “It’s been a long time coming, and I just feel like I’m in the right place at the right time.”
Chiasson (7-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Ladd (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) meet in Saturday’s UFC main co-event on ESPN 27 at UFC Apex . The map airs in its entirety on ESPN and airs on ESPN +.
After securing back-to-back wins over Marion Reneau and Shanna Young, Chiasson, 29, sits in 15th place in the latest USA TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie women’s bantamweight standings. Meanwhile, Ladd is at No.3 on this list but was pushing for the fight behind the scenes.
As Ladd fights for the first time in 19 months – and the first time since undergoing major knee surgery – Chiasson has admittedly questioned the motives behind the best candidate.
“Originally they asked for the fight, and I was kind of like ‘What?’,” Chiasson said. “Like, ah, shouldn’t you be focusing on a title fight right now, you know?” So I was a little surprised by that, but thought it was because she had been away for a while and they think they’re going to have a decent or easy comeback fight – but I don’t not know if this is the case.
Unsurprisingly, punters have set Ladd as their favorite, and Chiasson is aware that public sentiment is also largely in that direction. But the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 28” said she really enjoyed playing the role.
“Yeah, maybe I’ve got a little something on my shoulder because I despise when people think that, you know, ‘She’s an underdog,’ like, ‘It’s gonna be an easy fight for us,’ but I live on this shit, ”Chiasson said. ‘I eat this shit.
A former featherweight who will certainly have a significant size advantage over his opponent – not to mention power to the feet as well – Chiasson is a live underdog, to be sure. While she originally predicted a more steady rise through the ranks, an impressive result could catapult her to the top of the list.
The Louisiana native says she doesn’t think of anything after Saturday night, but knows what’s at stake.
“I haven’t really thought about it too far because I’m trying to be there right now,” Chiasson said. “But I mean, yeah, I think it’s going to put me in a big position.”
To see Chiasson’s full interview, watch the video above.