At 32 years of age, Felice Herrig is one of the most battle-tested veterans in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), having competed against some of the best throughout her nine-year combat career.
But, that didn’t stop the oddsmakers from labeling her the underdog against the up-and-coming 23-year old prospect Alexa Grasso in the co-headlining act of last night’s (Sat., Feb. 4, 2017) UFC Fight Night 104 event in Houston, Texas.
As Herrig declared during the post-fight press conference (see it again here), veterans of the sport are often overlooked in favor of the younger prospects, but says her win over Grasso proves that she is far from “washed up.”
“I think I was overlooked for sure. I thrive on being the underdog because then it’s like I have nothing to lose. But, in my mind I knew I wasn’t the underdog. I think I had one bad performance which clearly I’ve come back from,” said Herrig.
And she proved just that by outclassing Grasso from the opening bell to earn a unanimous decision victory (see it again here). With the win, Herrig hopes to get back on the radar and show the veterans deserve to get some promotional push, too.
“The Paige VanZant fight, they say sometimes it’s not your night, but, from years of fighting, I didn’t have anything left to give because I wore my body out. When I got to the fight I just crashed. That’s why I took 15 months off. I worked with a performance doctor, Dr. Cowen, did extensive labs, got my body back to feeling good again and feeling like the fighter I always knew I was,” she added.
“People judged me off that one performance and people, instead of thinking, ‘Maybe there is something wrong with Felice,’ they said, ‘She’s just old and washed up.’ I think sometimes the veteran in this sport get overlooked because we’re not these young, up-and-coming fighters that you can market, so we kind of get left behind and forgotten about. And wanted to prove I’m here to stay and that I never went anywhere, I fell down, got back up again and came back stronger.”
With two big wins under her belt, Herrig is looking to get back the loss against VanZant. If not, then she will gladly take on another surging vet in Michelle Waterson, revealing that the two were set to tango last December.
“I would hope UFC does the right thing and give me either Paige or Michelle Waterson because I wasn’t vocal about it, but I was offered the Waterson fight in Sacramento. I accepted it and two weeks later I had it taken away from me and given to Paige.”
Waterson went on to defeat VanZant via first-round submission in the headlining act of UFC on FOX 22 last December. But now that Herrig and Waterson have to big wins under their belt, it’s only right to book this intriguing matchup — which Herrig says is 10 years in the making — right?
For complete UFC Fight Night 104 results and coverage click here.
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