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Herrig puts first blemish on Grasso’s record; calls out PVZ, Waterson

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The Lil’ Bulldog out of Crystal Lake, Illinois still has some fight left in her yet. 

Women’s MMA Pioneer, Felice Herrig (12-6), showed us once again that heart and experience can still beat youth and flash. The 18-fight MMA vet was able to put two wins together for the first time in her 4-fight UFC career by beating the now previously undefeated strawweight standout, Alexa Grasso (9-1), via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x 2). 

Grasso, a surging 23 year-old out of Mexico, tore through the competition in Invicta before being called up to the UFC last year. She came into her co-main event bout with Herrig in Houston as the undefeated favorite looking to join Jessica Andrade and Michelle Waterson on the short list of opponents who could be next for 4x defending champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0).

A loss against Herrig should only make Grasso even more dangerous in the long run. There is no shame in dropping a close decision to a tough as nails grinder in Herrig who has been competing in combat sports professionally for more than a decade. Expect her to bounce back in a major way sometime this spring. 

Herrig made it clear in her post-fight interview with Brian Stann that she’s still hasn’t stopped thinking about her loss to Paige VanZant (7-3) on FOX nearly two years ago. 

“I felt like the fight where I hit rock bottom was against Paige VanZant. Paige, you have not fought Felice Herrig, you fought some blubbery girl who just laid on the canvas and let you be her punching bag..” 

Herrig also called out the woman who put PVZ to sleep on national TV last a couple of months back in Sacramento, ‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson. 

“I would either like the fight against Paige VanZant back or, I was scheduled to fight Michelle Waterson and they took it away from me after two weeks and gave it too Paige so, I’ll take either, Waterson or Paige.” 

Both fights would could easily headline a future FS1 or FOX card due to the mainstream popularity of PVZ, Waterson beating PVZ on FOX in December and Herrig also being an extremely marketable self promoter.

So, Who would you rather see Herrig take on next? 

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