Felice Herrig

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.[6]

Felice Herrig
Felice Herrig at UFC 229.jpg
Felice Herrig at UFC 229
BornFelice Nicole Herrig[1]
(1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 36)
Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States
Other namesLil Bulldog
ResidenceCrystal Lake, Illinois
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Reach65 in (165 cm)[2]
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Fighting out ofCrystal Lake, Illinois
TeamAlliance MMA (2009)[3]
Team Curran (2010–2020)[4]
Valle Flow Striking (2020–present)[4]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jeff Curran[5]
Years active2009–present
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision9
By submission1
By decision8
Other information
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.[7] Ferrig began her career practicing kickboxing and Muay Thai before transitioning to MMA in 2009.[8] Herrig graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 2003.[9]

Kickboxing careerEdit

Herrig in a match at Muay Thai Mayhem XIV in New York City on June 16, 2009

Prior to Felice "Lil' Bulldog" Herrig's move to mixed martial arts, Herrig held a professional kickboxing record of 23-5.[10] 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.

She has also competed in the World Combat League with the St. Louis Enforcers.[11]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Felice Herrig at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan; the second stop on the annual Vice Chairman’s USO Tour, March 31, 2019.

Herrig appeared on Fight Girls in 2007 on the Oxygen and won her fight in Thailand against a champion Thai fighter.[12] She was later scheduled to appear on another reality show about women's MMA called the Ultimate Women Challenge.[12]

Herrig faced Iman Achhal at UWC: Man "O" War on February 21, 2009 in her MMA debut. She lost the fight by split decision.[13]

She faced Michele Gutierrez at Unconquered 1: November Reign on November 20, 2009 and won the fight by armbar submission in the second round.[14]

Herrig faced Jessica Rakoczy at Bellator 14 on April 15, 2010.[15] She won the fight via split decision.[16]

Herrig faced Amanda LaVoy at XFO 37 on December 4, 2010. She won the fight via armbar submission in the first round.[17]

On January 14, 2011, Herrig faced Barb Honchak at Hoosier Fight Club 6: New Years Nemesis in Valparaiso, Indiana. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Herrig faced Andrea Miller at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 3 on March 5, 2011. She won the fight by TKO in the first round.[19]

Herrig faced Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc at XFO 39 on May 13, 2011 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She won the fight via unanimous decision.[20][21]

Her scheduled bout against undefeated Kelly Warren at Fight Tour on August 20, 2011 was cancelled due to Warren weighing in 7 pounds overweight.[22]

Herrig faced Carla Esparza at XFC 15: Tribute on December 2, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.[23] She was defeated by unanimous decision.[24]

On April 13, 2012, Herrig faced Patricia Vidonic at XFC 17: Apocalypse in Jackson, Tennessee. She defeated Vidonic by unanimous decision.[25]

Herrig next faced Simona Soukupova at XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown on August 3, 2012.[26] She defeated Soukupova by unanimous decision.[27]

Herrig was scheduled to return to Bellator to face Michele Gutierrez in a rematch at Bellator 84 on December 14, 2012.[28] However, Gutierrez withdrew from the fight on December 1 and Herrig instead competed in a rematch against Patricia Vidonic.[29][30] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[31][32]

Herrig next competed against Heather Clark at Bellator 94 on March 28, 2013.[33] She won the fight via split decision.[34] 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.[35]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

On August 13, 2013, it was announced that Herrig had signed a multi-fight deal with Invicta Fighting Championships.[36] She faced Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith on December 7, 2013[37][38] 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.[39]

Herrig was the sixth fighter to go to coach Anthony Pettis.[40] She faced rival Heather Jo Clark in a rematch in the preliminary round of the tournament. Herrig again won the fight by unanimous decision.[41] She lost to Randa Markos via submission in the quarterfinal round of competition.[42]

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.[43] She won the fight via submission in the second round.[44]

Herrig faced Paige VanZant on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[45] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[46]

Herrig next faced Kailin Curran at UFC on Fox 20 on July 23, 2016. She won the fight by rear naked choke just two minutes into the first round.[47]

Herrig next faced Alexa Grasso on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[48] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[49]

Herrig faced Justine Kish on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[50]

Herrig faced Cortney Casey on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[51] She won the fight via split decision.[52]

Herrig faced Karolina Kowalkiewicz on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223.[53] She lost the fight by split decision.[54]

Herrig next faced Michelle Waterson on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[55] She lost the fight via unanimous decision [56]

Herrig was expected to face Xiaonan Yan on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238.[57] However, on April 30, 2019 it was reported that Herrig suffered from a torn ACL and was pulled from the event.[58]

Herrig faced Virna Jandiroba on August 15, 2020 at UFC 252.[59] She lost the fight via an armbar submission in the first round.[60]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 14 wins 9 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 4 1
By decision 9 8
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Media appearancesEdit

Herrig is a playable character in the video game Supremacy MMA for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. She also appeared in American Ninja Warrior (season 7), in 2015.

See alsoEdit


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