The main narrative popping out of the principle occasion was not how Norma Dumont most likely secured a title shot within the ladies’s featherweight division along with her unanimous choice win (and good for her doing so), however moderately the scenes and sounds coming from Aspen Ladd’s nook between rounds as she tried to make one thing occur within the combat.
We don’t have to sugarcoat something: That was not nice stuff. Ladd (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) couldn’t get out of first gear from the opening bell, and it was evident she was falling behind on the scorecards as every spherical handed.
Not many individuals would disagree that, on this situation, the onus is on the nook to encourage the athlete to show issues round. We’ve seen numerous strategies of teaching in that situation, however the way in which Ladd’s boyfriend and head coach, Jim West, talked to his fighter appeared to startle quite a lot of the viewing viewers.
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This not at all is a “sensitive” media take. There have been quite a lot of fighters who thought West was out of line for the way he spoke to Ladd, and didn’t view it as a constructive option to encourage her. That appears to be a good criticism. If it wasn’t, West wouldn’t have launched an announcement apologizing for his methods. Personally, I feel West may’ve approached the second otherwise, however who am I to say?
We know the fighter-coach relationship is a novel one. West clearly is aware of Ladd infinitely higher than anybody, but it surely doesn’t take a rocket scientist to select up on tone. And given Ladd wasn’t capable of flip the combat round, it didn’t appear to be all that efficient.
I don’t know if I’d go so far as to echo Miesha Tate’s feedback and name West’s cornering “abusive,” but it surely was removed from good. It ought to function a teachable second for all concerned, and hopefully West will likely be higher in his position after this expertise.