After that? Well, there wasn’t much else. De Randamie (9-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) landed one more punch on the downed Ladd (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who was dazed but otherwise appeared to be attempting to get back up, and referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at the 16-second mark of the opening round.
Although there’s no immediate indication this factored into Dean’s decision-making, Ladd looked terrible at Friday morning’s weigh-ins, trembling and shaking as she took the scale.
For her part, de Randamie, the first holder of the UFC women’s featherweight title, won her fifth consecutive bout, with the last loss coming to current UFC featherweight and bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes.
For her part, the Netherlands native said she was only doing her job.
“I mean, I hit her on the button and Herb Dean called it – and I mean hit her with the second shot,” de Randamie said after the fight.
The women’s bantamweight bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 13 main event at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The event streamed on ESPN+.
Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN+ 13 results include:
Germaine de Randamie def. Aspen Ladd via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 0:16
Urijah Faber def. Ricky Simon via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:46
Josh Emmett def. Mirsad Bektic via TKO (punches) — Round 1, 4:25
Karl Roberson def. Wellington Turman via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Marvin Vettori def. Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Julianna Pena def. Nicco Montano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Ryan Hall def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jonathan Martinez def. Liu Pingyuan via knockout (knee) – Round 3, 3:54
Brianna Van Buren def. Livinha Souza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Benito Lopez def. Vince Morales via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)