Felice Herrig is one of the most experienced strawweights on the UFC’s roster, and has gone 4-1 with the promotion, but “Lil Bulldog” feels like the company’s not promoting her. Why? According to the 32 year-old it’s because of her age and her looks…
Herrig took on Justine Kish last night at UFC Fight Night 112, and worked her way to a dominant, decision win over the latter. Kish had some buzz behind her heading into the bout, as before meeting Herrig, she had won all six of her pro bouts to date.
Well, after Herrig’s impressive win, which was her third straight, she had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Honestly, if you want to know the truth, I just feel like I’m not young and beautiful for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked hard to be here and it’s hard to see, you know, these people who haven’t been through what I’ve been through and just got to the UFC at the right time, and they’re getting all these opportunities. I’ve seen how hard I’ve worked to get here and it just doesn’t matter because I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger, so I don’t know.”
“I definitely think I should be in the top 10,” Herrig added. “But I also think – and I’ve said it before – that the rankings are a gimmick, a marketing tool to solidify match ups that the UFC wants to put out and to hype up fighters that aren’t really top 10 or anything. I just think that my performances are going to keep speaking volumes.”
There you have it. Prior to last night’s card, Herrig was ranked #13, and was coming off a win over the highly touted prospect, Alexa Grasso. So, there’s no doubt that Herrig has a ton of momentum behind her right now.
She’s also not the first to argue that the UFC has allocated more marketing resources behind younger, attractive female fighters, who don’t necessarily have the resume that other vets do. For example, questions were asked by some, when Paige VanZant received a big push from the promotion.
UFC FN 112 took place at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.