Felice Nicole Herrig (born September 18, 1984) is an American kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter, and mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the strawweight division. As of October 12, 2020, she is #15 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings.
Felice Herrig at UFC 229
|Born||Felice Nicole Herrig|
September 18, 1984
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Lil Bulldog|
|Residence||Crystal Lake, Illinois|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)|
|Reach||65 in (165 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Crystal Lake, Illinois|
|Team||Alliance MMA (2009) |
Team Curran (2010–2020)
Valle Flow Striking (2020–present)
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jeff Curran|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Herrig was born in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. She had a younger brother, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of two. Ferrig began her career practicing kickboxing and Muay Thai before transitioning to MMA in 2009. Herrig graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 2003.
Prior to Felice "Lil' Bulldog" Herrig's move to mixed martial arts, Herrig held a professional kickboxing record of 23-5. She is currently ranked number 2 in the World in the IKF International Kickboxing Federation Pro Women's Muay Thai Bantamweight Division.
As a pro kickboxer, Herrig won the International Kickboxing Federation Pro Muay Thai United States Bantamweight Title. She won the title on November 15, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois, US, when she defeated Katie Meehan by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46).
As an amateur, she was a two-time International Kickboxing Federation Open Tournament Champion.
On August 21, 2005, in Orlando, Florida, US, Herrig became the 2005 IKF North American Classic Amateur Full Contact Rules Bantamweight Tournament Champion when she defeated Terri French of Little Rock, Arkansas, US, by unanimous decision 30-27 on all 3 judges cards.
On July 30, 2006 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US, Herrig defended her IKF Tournament Title at the 2006 IKF World Classic when she defeated Stacy Chung of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada by unanimous decision 29-28 on all 3 judges cards.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Herrig appeared on Fight Girls in 2007 on the Oxygen and won her fight in Thailand against a champion Thai fighter. She was later scheduled to appear on another reality show about women's MMA called the Ultimate Women Challenge.
Herrig faced Iman Achhal at UWC: Man "O" War on February 21, 2009 in her MMA debut. She lost the fight by split decision.
She faced Michele Gutierrez at Unconquered 1: November Reign on November 20, 2009 and won the fight by armbar submission in the second round.
Herrig faced Amanda LaVoy at XFO 37 on December 4, 2010. She won the fight via armbar submission in the first round.
Herrig faced Andrea Miller at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 3 on March 5, 2011. She won the fight by TKO in the first round.
Her scheduled bout against undefeated Kelly Warren at Fight Tour on August 20, 2011 was cancelled due to Warren weighing in 7 pounds overweight.
On April 13, 2012, Herrig faced Patricia Vidonic at XFC 17: Apocalypse in Jackson, Tennessee. She defeated Vidonic by unanimous decision.
Herrig was scheduled to return to Bellator to face Michele Gutierrez in a rematch at Bellator 84 on December 14, 2012. However, Gutierrez withdrew from the fight on December 1 and Herrig instead competed in a rematch against Patricia Vidonic. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Herrig next competed against Heather Clark at Bellator 94 on March 28, 2013. She won the fight via split decision. The fight ended controversially as following the final bell Herrig unleashed a yell of celebration in her opponent's face, which prompted a post-fight backhand punch from Clark. Herrig retaliated with a punch of her own, before order was restored.
Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
On August 13, 2013, it was announced that Herrig had signed a multi-fight deal with Invicta Fighting Championships. She faced Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013 and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
The Ultimate Fighter 20Edit
On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Herrig was signed by the UFC along with ten other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will crown the first ever UFC women's strawweight champion.
Herrig was the sixth fighter to go to coach Anthony Pettis. She faced rival Heather Jo Clark in a rematch in the preliminary round of the tournament. Herrig again won the fight by unanimous decision. She lost to Randa Markos via submission in the quarterfinal round of competition.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Herrig's first fight after The Ultimate Fighter was against Lisa Ellis at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on December 12, 2014. She won the fight via submission in the second round.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||14 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||14–9||Virna Jandiroba||Submission (armbar)||UFC 252||August 15, 2020||1||1:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14–8||Michelle Waterson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||14–7||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Decision (split)||UFC 223||April 7, 2018||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Win||14–6||Cortney Casey||Decision (split)||UFC 218||December 2, 2017||3||5:00||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||13–6||Justine Kish||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee||June 25, 2017||3||5:00||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||12–6||Alexa Grasso||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||11–6||Kailin Curran||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko||July 23, 2016||1||1:59||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||10–6||Paige VanZant||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold||April 18, 2015||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–5||Lisa Ellis||Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale||December 12, 2014||2||3:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Tecia Torres||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith||December 7, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||9–4||Heather Jo Clark||Decision (split)||Bellator 94||March 28, 2013||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–4||Patricia Vidonic||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 84||December 14, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||7–4||Simona Soukupova||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown||August 3, 2012||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||6–4||Patricia Vidonic||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 17: Apocalypse||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Jackson, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||5–4||Carla Esparza||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 15: Tribute||December 2, 2011||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–3||Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 39||May 13, 2011||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–3||Andrea Miller||TKO (punches)||Chicago Cagefighting Championship 3||March 5, 2011||1||3:30||Villa Park, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||3–3||Barb Honchak||Decision (unanimous)||Hoosier Fight Club 6: New Years Nemesis||January 14, 2011||3||5:00||Valparaiso, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–2||Amanda LaVoy||Submission (armbar)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 37||December 4, 2010||1||3:35||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–2||Jessica Rakoczy||Decision (split)||Bellator 14||April 15, 2010||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Catchweight (120 lb) bout.|
|Win||1–2||Michele Gutierrez||Submission (armbar)||Unconquered 1: November Reign||November 20, 2009||2||2:03||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Valerie Coolbaugh||Decision (split)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 29||April 17, 2009||3||5:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Iman Achhal||Decision (split)||UWC: Man "O" War||February 21, 2009||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States||Catchweight (120 lb) bout.|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1–1||Randa Markos||Submission (scarf-hold armlock)||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned||November 19, 2014 (airdate)||1||2:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 20 Quarterfinal round.|
|Win||1–0||Heather Jo Clark||Decision (unanimous)||October 22, 2014 (airdate)||2||5:00||TUF 20 Elimination round.|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)Edit
23 wins (? KOs), 5 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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- "UFC on FOX 20 results: Felice Herrig scores quick choke of Kailin Curran". MMAjunkie. 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
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- "UFC Fight Night 104 results: Felice Herrig's striking on point to shut down Alexa Grasso". MMAjunkie. 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "UFC Fight Night 112 results: Felice Herrig's technique, tenacity shine to hand Justine Kish 1st loss". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
- "Felice Herrig announces UFC 218 bout vs. Cortney Casey in Detroit". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
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