Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig

After a disappointing start to her MMA career, Felice Herrig has persevered and now she’s on the verge of quite possibly her biggest year yet.

Already a familiar face on the combat sports circuit, Herrig lost her first two bouts by split decision. Being the determined person she is, she recognized her problems and has won four of her last five fights.

“I was frustrated,” admitted Herrig. “I was already a pro kickboxer/Muay Thai fighter when I entered MMA, and already had a name from ‘Fight Girls,’ so a lot of girls already knew how to fight me, how to beat me.

“All the girls did was push me up against the cage (in my first two fights), and I knew that it was just a matter of time (before I adjusted). I know the kind of athlete and the kind of person that I am, and I have that no quit attitude.”

With the help of Team Curran, Herrig has become a complete fighter out of necessity in order to succeed in MMA.

“Girls don’t want to strike with me, so I knew what I needed to be good at was my wrestling and jiu-jitsu; my grappling,” she told MMAWeekly.com. “The rate that I’ve been growing at (with Team Curran) has just been crazy.

“I just needed somebody to actually teach me and here, every single day, I have an opportunity to train day and night. People think of me mainly as a striker, but now I’m well-rounded and I can call myself an MMA fighter.”

Herrig was able to display her evolution with a dominant win over Nicaldi Rivera-Calanoc at XFO 39 on May 13.

“The fight wasn’t even close, actually,” stated Herrig. “She tried to pin me up against the cage, wrestle me, and take me down; that was her game plan, and I beat her at her own game.

“I beat her in the clinch, I took her down every single round, and I was in dominant positions the whole time. I got the better of the striking, and everything I threw landed. The fight wasn’t even close. It was 30-27 on all the judges’ scorecards in my favor.”

Not only inside the cage is Herrig excelling, but she’s also about to invade the video game world as a part of Supremacy MMA for PS3 and Xbox 360.

“Michelle (Gutierrez) and I are the first real female fighters to be featured in an MMA video game,” commented Herrig. “It’s scheduled to come out in June and it’s going to be great.”

With her hectic schedule, Herrig is going to take a break before returning to action later this year.

“I’ve been doing so much for this video game that it’s hard to do all these things while you’re doing training camp, so I kind of want to be a person for a little bit,” she said.

“I’ve been fighting for eight years now, and I average five to six fights a year, so I want to take some time off, but after that I’ll start taking offers.”

Herrig’s recent success continues to prove that it’s not how you start something, but how you end it that counts.

“Basically, if you don’t know me now, over this next year you’re going to get to know me real quick, because I’m going to be everywhere.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

On The Rise: UFC International Fight Week Edition

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Amidst the sea of big names and marquee fights set to take place in Las Vegas stands a quartet of up-and-coming fighters looking to make a name for themselves between Thursday evening and Sunday morn read news >>

On the Rise: Sioux Falls Edition

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 views

Though this event comes on the heels of a tetra-pack of terrific shows and injuries have stripped it of some of its star power, Wednesday’s event is an opportunity to get acquainted with some new add read news >>

UFC on FOX 20 Road to the Octagon: Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran

  • 11 days ago
  • 50 views

Go inside the lives and training camps of strawweights Felice Herrig and Kailin Curran as they prepare to battle in a pivotal bout for both contenders. read news >>

Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 8 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC on Fox 20 kicks off the main card with a strawweight contest pitting a veteran against an up-and-coming prospect. Felice Herrig (10-6) has been around the game for a long time with mixed results, read news >>

Strawweight Felice Herrig Posts Weight-Cutting Selfie Before UFC on Fox 20

  • 8 days ago
  • 82 views

Weight-cutting is not a new concept in combat sports. But fight fans don't often get a behind-the-scenes look at the process—or the effects it can have on the body. Perhaps that's why a selfie from U read news >>

UFC on FOX 20 Fighter Bonuses: Felice Herrig Scores Big with Quick Submission

  • 6 days ago
  • 25 views

Felice Herrig's quick submission led the charge on the UFC on FOX 20 fighter bonuses. read news >>

UFC on Fox 20 Video Highlights: Felice Herrig Forces Kailin Curran to Tap

  • 5 days ago
  • 57 views

A women's strawweight contest between Felice Herring and Kailin Curran kicked off the UFC on Fox 20 main card on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. read news >>

On The Rise: UFC 201 Edition

  • 22 hours ago
  • 0 views

While they aren’t established names now – or lost some momentum after a hot start a couple years ago in one instance – these are three fighters fans could be hearing a lot more from in the next year, read news >>