Felice Herrig vs Michelle Waterson ‘10 Years In The Making – Fight Girls’


Originally posted on 6th October 2018

Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig
Michelle Waterson vs Felice Herrig

Tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig will finally get the chance to meet in the centre of the octagon for their strawweight battle at UFC 229.

To some, this will be another showcase of the talented females in the strawweight division getting to show why women should be on the main card within the UFC, to others (like myself) this has been a fight 10 years in the making.

Back in 2007, an oxygen original tv show, similar in spirit to The Ultimate Fighter TV series had ten female fighters live together and train together with Muay Thai instructor – Master Toddy, in Las Vegas for six weeks to win a Muay Thai championship in Thailand.

Fight Girls cast picture
Fight Girls cast picture

The group of women were then narrowed down to five via a three-round fight between the housemates, the winners got to go to Thailand and the losing fighter was eliminated from the house and the competition.

Felice Herrig and Michelle Waterson were two of the original ten women to compete to try to go over to Thailand and were mentored by Lisa “The black widow” King, who was the original shows winner back in 2006, when there was a one-off documentary with seven female fighters and female Muay Thai & MMA legend Gina Carano.

Gina Cararo, Lisa kKng and Master Toddy
Gina Cararo, Lisa kKng and Master Toddy

Whilst Michelle lost her fight to get to go to Thailand, Felice won and set off to Thailand with the rest of the other four finalists, winning her fight in Thailand via TKO.
Felice went back to her kickboxing roots for a further two years before transitioning to MMA in 2009 where “The Lil Bulldog” had arrived.

Having competed for XFC, Bellator and Invicta, Felice was finally signed to The Ultimate Fighter season 20 in 2014.

Michelle transitioned to MMA in 2007 with help from Donald Cerrone at the time and “The Karate Hottie” competed at strawweight and atomweight in which she won the Invicta Atomweight Belt before being signed to the UFC in the strawweight division in 2015.

After Felice’s third win in a row against Justine Kish in 2017, she called out Michelle Waterson citing “she had already been offered the fight and accepted it, but it got taken away from her.”

With Felice Herrig being ranked #9 and Michelle Waterson being ranked #8 in the UFC fighter rankings and given both their shared history, this is one fight not to be missed.

UFC Fight Night New Jersey – Full Results: Rockhold submits Machida


UFC Fight Night New Jersey, came live from the Prudential Center in Newark last night where Luke Rockhold put on a clear dominant performance to become, only, the third person to have ever submit Lyoto Machida.

Luke Rockhold with the RNC on Lyoto Machida UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Luke Rockhold with the RNC on Lyoto Machida UFC Fight Night New Jersey

In the co-main event Jacare Souza proved yet again why he should be the number one contender in the middleweight division, with almost an exact re-run of his first encounter with Chris Camozzi and defeating him under three minutes of the first round.

Jacare Souza with the Armbar on Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Jacare Souza with the Armbar on Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Max Holloway grows with each fight and the 23-year-old featherweight proved again why he is ‘Blessed’ by dismantling Cub Swanson in the third round with an awesome mounted Guillotine Choke.

Max Holloway with the Mounted Guillotine Choke on Cub Swanson  UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Max Holloway with the Mounted Guillotine Choke on Cub Swanson UFC Fight Night New Jersey

One of the youngest fighters on the UFC’s roster is female athlete Paige VanZant for whom their was a lot of hype surrounding this match up with veteran fighter Felice Herrig. It was to be the youngster’s night who clearly put on a one-sided dominant performance who took the unanimous decision victory over Felice Herrig.

Paige VanZant with a dominant performance over Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Paige VanZant with a dominant performance over Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Main Card Results

Luke Rockhold Def Lyoto Machida Via RNC 2 mins 31 secs Round Two

Luke Rockhold Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Luke Rockhold Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Jacare Souza Def Chris Camozzi Via Verbal submission Armbar 2 mins 33 secs Round One

Jacare Souza Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Jacare Souza Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Max Holloway Def Cub Swanson Via Mounted Guillotine Choke 3 mins 58 secs Round Three

Max Holloway Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Max Holloway Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Paige VanZant Def Felice Herrig Via Unanimous Decision 30-27, 30-26, 30-26

Paige VanZant Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Paige VanZant Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Preliminary Card  FOX, BT Sports

Beneil Dariush Def Jim Miller Via Unanimous Decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Beneil Dariush Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Beneil Dariush Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Ovince St. Preux Def Patrick Cummins Via KO 4 mins 54 secs Round One

Ovince St. Preux Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey
Ovince St. Preux Winning UFC Fight Night New Jersey

Gian Villante Def Corey Anderson Via TKO 4 mins 18 secs Round Three

Aljamain Sterling Def  Takeya Mizugaki Via Arm Triangle 2 mins 11 secs Round Three

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass)

Tim Means Def George Sullivan Via Arm Triangle 3 mins 21 secs Round Three

Diego Brandao Def Jim Hettes Via TKO (Dr Stoppage)* 5 mins Round One

Chris Dempsey Def Eddie Gordon  Via Split Decision 28-29, 29-28, 29-28

*Jim Hettes sustained an Ear Injury for which turned out his ‘Cauliflower’ on his Ear exploded

BONUSES

FOTN

Gian Villante and Corey Anderson

POTN

Luke Rockhold

Max Holloway

All earned $50,000 each

Fight Night New Jersey: First Person – Felice Herrig


No. 8 women’s strawweight contender Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig talks about life after The Ultimate Fighter, her journey through MMA, staying grounded, and facing Paige VanZant. Felice Herrig takes on Paige VanZant during the main card at Fight Night New Jersey.

Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

UFC Fight Night Jersey takes place Saturday April 18th coming live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Fight Night New Jersey: First Person – Paige VanZant


UFC youngster Paige VanZant talks about life in the limelight, her cooking skills, her dancing background, and facing Felice Herrig inside the Octagon. Paige VanZant takes on Felice Herrig during the main card at UFC Fight Night New Jersey.

Page VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Page VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

UFC Fight Night Jersey takes place Saturday April 18th coming live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC Fight Night New Jersey: Machida vs. Rockhold – Full Weigh-In Results


The UFC is in New Jersey this weekend, coming live from the Prudential Center in Newark, where Lyoto Machida faces Luke Rockhold in which could  potentially be a No.1 contender’s match-up in the middleweight division. With Yoel Romero injured, Chris Camozzi has stepped  in on short notice to face Jacare Souza in the co-main event. In the featherweight showdown Cub Swanson takes on Max Holloway in what should be an action packed fight, while Felice Herrig opens up the Main Card  with a women’s strawweight showdown with the much talked about Paige VanZant, and lets face it, there seems to be no love lost between these two athletes, so expect fireworks from the off and a potential FOTN!

Before we get to the fights we have to make sure they’re all on weight. Here are at the results:

Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face off
Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face off

Main Card (FOX, BT Sports)

Lyoto Machida (185 lbs) vs. Luke Rockhold (185 lbs)

Jacare Souza Vs. Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face off
Jacare Souza Vs. Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face off

Jacare Souza (186 lbs) vs. Chris Camozzi (185 lbs)

Jacare Souza UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Jacare Souza UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

Cub Swanson (145 lbs) vs. Max Holloway (146 lbs)

Cub Swanson Vs. Max Holloway UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Cub Swanson Vs. Max Holloway UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off

Felice Herrig (115 lbs) vs. Paige VanZant (115 lbs)

Felice Herring Vs. Paige VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face off
Felice Herrig Vs. Paige VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face off
Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Felice Herrig UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Page VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Page VanZant UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

Preliminary Card  FOX, BT Sports)

Jim Miller (156 lbs) vs. Beneil Dariush (155 lbs)

Jim Miller Vs. Beneil Dariush UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Jim Miller Vs. Beneil Dariush UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Jim Miller UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Jim Miller UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

Ovince St. Preux (205 lbs) vs. Patrick Cummins (205 lbs)

Ovince St. Preux Vs. Patrick Cummins UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Ovince St. Preux Vs. Patrick Cummins UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Ovince St. Preux UFC Fight Night Weigh In
Ovince St. Preux UFC Fight Night Weigh In

Corey Anderson (205 lbs) vs. Gian Villante (206 lbs)

Aljamain Sterling (136 lbs) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (136 lbs)

Preliminary Card (Fight Pass)

Tim Means (170 lbs) vs. George Sullivan (171 lbs)

Diego Brandao (145 lbs) vs. Jim Hettes (146 lbs)

Diego Brando Vs. Jim Hettes UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Diego Brando Vs. Jim Hettes UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Diego Brando UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In
Diego Brando UFC Fight Night New Jersey Weigh In

Eddie Gordon (186 lbs) vs. Chris Dempsey (186 lbs)

Eddie Gordon Vs. Chris Dempesy UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off
Eddie Gordon Vs. Chris Dempesy UFC Fight Night New Jersey Face Off

INVICTA FC SIGNS HISTORIC CONTENT DEAL WITH UFC FIGHT PASS


Invicta FC the all female WMMA promotion has signed a deal with UFC Fight Pass to stream all of their content on the UFC Fight Pass digital streaming service.

The official press release from The UFC was released last night and as follows:

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Invicta Fighting Championships are excited to announce that UFCFIGHTPASS.com, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is now the exclusive digital broadcaster of the world’s leading all-female MMA organization.

UFC FIGHT PASS chief content officer Marshall Zelaznik said: “This is a historic multi-year, multi-event deal. When we launched UFC FIGHT PASS last Christmas, we said that we would never rest in bringing the best value to our subscribers. The addition of live and archived Invicta programming is going to be of enormous interest to our existing subscribers and bring in new subscribers, too.”

He added: “UFC FIGHT PASS already has subscribers in over 155 countries, which is a huge platform the Invicta athletes. Invicta fighters are now sharing the same stage as elite UFC fighters like Alexander Gustafson, Conor McGregor, Cung Le and Michael Bisping. For any UFC fans that haven’t seen these women compete before – I guarantee they will be blown away when they see what Invicta is all about.”

Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp said: “This is a great day for my company. Since the start of Invicta, I’ve been committed to providing the biggest and best possible platform for women athletes and, with this distribution deal with UFC FIGHT PASS, Invicta will reach the most passionate MMA fans, wherever they are in the world.”

In addition to every upcoming Invicta event screening live, the entire Invicta archive will be made available anytime, anywhere, on UFC FIGHT PASS.

That means subscribers will be able to check out fights featuring talents like atomweight world champion Michelle Waterson and flyweight title-holder Barb Honchak, as well as Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen and early-career fights of UFC stars like Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Liz Carmouche.

The Invicta FC library joins the libraries of PRIDE FC, Strikeforce, WEC, WFA, EliteXC, Affliction Entertainment and the UFC on UFCFIGHTPASS.com.

Invicta will be announcing the first event to be screened on UFCFIGHTPASS.com shortly.

Knapp said: “We are targeting a late-summer event, headlined by a world title fight. This is an historic event for myself, the company and my athletes, and every one of them is going to want to be on this first card.”

With the addition of Invicta being added to UFC Fight Pass, viewers can also get familiar with eight of the TUF 20 competitors who the UFC had acquired the contracts from Invicta specifically for TUF 20 to reign a champion at its new Stawweight Division. It was originally eleven but three of those due to UFC rulings gave them a straight pass into the UFC where they will compete but not under TUF bouts.
The original eight females from Invicta are:
Carla Esparza (9-2) – Former Invicta Strawweight Champion
Alex Chambers (4-1)
Felice Herrig (9-5)
Bec Rawlings (was Hyatt) (5-3)
Emily Kagan (3-1)
Rose Namajunas (2-1)
Tecia Torres (4-0)
Joanne Calderwood (8-0)
The rest of the TUF 20 cast members will be announced soon with only 8 slots available, having already held the castings back on April 28th.
For now though you can log onto http://www.ufc.tv/page/fightpass and see what UFC Fight Pass is all about if you do not already subscribe.  What better time to start your 7 day free trial than now.