MMA India Exclusive: Felice Herrig talks UFC 223, Flyweight division, title aspirations and more

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Renjith Ravindran
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UFC Strawweight star Felice Herrig returns to action this weekend at UFC 223. The 33-year-old will be fighting former title contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz at the event and will be looking to extend her winning streak to five fights on Saturday night.

Herrig is poised to get a win at UFC 223 (PC: MMA Junkie)

The stakes are obviously high for the event and though Herrig feels that every fight is an important fight, she is adamant about the fact that a win could take her closer to a title shot.

Felice Herrig:  Every fight is an important fight, everyone is always like, is this the most important fight of your career? But if you’re doing things right and you continue to grow as a fighter and you keep getting better and better you keep getting one step closer to a title fight. So, yes, this is the most important fight of my career.

In fact, Herrig went on to address her winning streak as well and took time out to remind everyone that she has fought everyone that came her way.

Felice Herrig:  Right now I have the longest win streak in the Strawweight division and I feel like after a five-fight win streak, I can’t be denied [the title shot]. I’ve never turned down any opponent, I’ve take everyone that has come my way and I’ve pretty much been the underdog almost every single fight, so, I don’t like to talk about fights ahead.  I just like to talk about the fights that are ahead of me. I just have to take care of business Saturday and see where I go from there.

Defeating Karolina is easier said than done. The Polish fighter has a professional record of 11-2 to her name and is coming off a victory against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118. Then again, Herrig is pretty confident of showing a side that not many fans have seen.

Felice Herrig: I think the fans can expect the unexpected, coming in as a completely new fighter, if you’ve seen one Felice Herrig’s fight you haven’t seen them all. I continue to evolve and later on in my career that is very rare for athletes who have been in this sport for 15 years… You know, stylistically you often know how that type of fighter is going to fight but with me, you really never know how I am going to fight that specific opponent.

Not only Karolina, Herrig feels that she is a scary opponent for anyone in the Strawweight division.

Felice Herrig:  You know I am competitive and I think I would match well with anyone in the Strawweight division. I am a very well rounded fighter, I am comfortable with my striking, I am comfortable with my wrestling and I am comfortable with my ground game.  So I think I don’t think I have a lot of holes in my game. I am a scary match up for anyone.

When quizzed about the possibility of moving to flyweight, ‘Lil Bulldog’ shot down the idea completely and confirmed that she is staying put.

Felice Herrig: I am not actually a very big 115’er.  I actually think 115 is the ideal perfect weight for me. I guess maybe for certain match ups but no I would not fight at flyweight.

While concluding the interview, Herrig also opened up about the possibility of moving to professional wrestling one day now that the likes of Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler are making waves in the business.

Felice Herrig: I like the entertainment side of that but I don’t know, you know they always say you know wrestling is fake… There would be a lot less pressure! But I am happy where I am at right now.

UFC 223 will be live and exclusive on 8th April 2018 7:30 am on SONY ESPN SD & SONY ESPN HD


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