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Manager: Demons in Felice Herrig’s head zapped her energy in Paige VanZant fight

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“Lil Bulldog” had a lot more on her mind than “12 Gauge” when the two met earlier this year in April. Depression is no joke and for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who has dedicated a decade of her life to combat sports, it can be particularly taxing.
Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 contestant and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight combatant Felice Herrig knows all to well the attention that being an attractive female in a sport previously dominated by males can bring to one’s personal life.
It even causes mega-popular video game franchises to model their characters after your likeness.
However, despite the immense success “Lil Bulldog” incurred throughout her lengthy fighting career, the amount of sponsor obligations and traveling done by Herrig over the years only stood to grow an already open wound.
“I lost motivation to go to the gym, and all I used to care about was training and fighting,” Herrig told FOX Sports. “So I thought maybe I’m getting older and I’m just losing the hunger. I was more sore and the sleep was a big thing for me because I never felt rested.”
Herring, 31, competed in muay-thai and kickboxing events before her eventual rise in MMA. ….View original article