Aspen Ladd coach apologises for brutal pep talk that Miesha Tate labelled ‘ABUSE’

Aspen Ladd’s coach apologises for brutal pep talk that Miesha Tate labelled ‘ABUSE’… but ex-UFC champions Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo lament ‘soft world we live in’ and insist he was in the right

  • Aspen Ladd found herself trailing in the fight and her coach was brutally honest
  • He asked: ‘Please tell me, what are you doing? Throw more than one punch’
  • The corner advice has divided opinion on twitter among both fighters and fans
  • Coach Jim West has apologised by issuing a statement on social media 











Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo have weighed in on the debate surrounding Aspen Ladd’s coach, who has now apologised for his brutal rebuke of her on Saturday night. 

The clip of Jim West giving Ladd a stern pep talk has divided opinion among both fans and fighters after he ripped into her lacklustre display en route to a defeat by Norma Dumont.   

He admonished her after 15 minutes of the main event, saying: ‘You’re down 3 to 0. Please tell me what you’re doing? You have to throw more than one punch!’ 

Aspen Ladd’s head coach, Jim West (left) admitted he was ‘a little harsh’ between rounds

 

Some saw it as very public disrespect of Ladd with UFC star Miesha Tate even writing: ‘This is ABUSE, what a douche.’

And West has now put his head above the parapet by writing an apology on social media, accompanying a photo of him working with Ladd in training. 

‘Tonight was not our night. It’s been our night many many times at the highest level but not tonight. I blame myself. Though it may not be my fault. 

‘It’s not up for debate. I take all the blame. Yes after the first couple rounds I may have been a little harsh but I know Aspen and at that time technical conversation was not in the cards being down 3 rounds. 

Daniel Cormier insisted the coach has nothing to be sorry for and was helping his fighter

Daniel Cormier insisted the coach has nothing to be sorry for and was helping his fighter

West posted this picture of himself training Ladd in the gym alongside the apology

West posted this picture of himself training Ladd in the gym alongside the apology

‘Nonetheless I own it and I am sorry Aspen Ladd, I will continue to be better each time.’

BT Sport shared a longer video of the complete interactions between the coach and his fighter to give greater context to his corner work. 

The footage was hailed by former two former two-weight UFC champions. Daniel Cormier wrote: ‘Thank you BT Sport. This is the greatest defense of a coach I’ve seen in a long time. 

‘Watching this video you see how Coach started, got frustrated, got his fighter to win a round and maybe two. If we live in a world where this is bad then I don’t know. No sorry needed!’

Ladd was handily beaten by Norma Dumont (right) and took a long time to get going

Ladd was handily beaten by Norma Dumont (right) and took a long time to get going 

 

 

 

And Henry Cejudo added: ‘I love when coaches get real. We live in a soft world.’

At the time, a number of fans took a contrasting view and saw West as misguided with the way he addressed his fighter. 

One wrote: ‘Thought Ladd’s corner was borderline abusive and clearly was not constructive or helpful.’

Another put: ‘Ladd’s corner literally telling her she sucks’, while a third offered: ‘The coach in Ladd’s corner was disrespectful.’

Ladd was struggling to engage in the fight and her coaches were frustrated by it

Ladd was struggling to engage in the fight and her coaches were frustrated by it 

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