The octagon-to-bare-knuckle conveyor belt rolls on, with retired strawweight Felice Herrig the latest UFC fighter to ink a deal with BKFC.
Herrig (14-10) retired just weeks ago, after a career spent in promotions including Invicta FC, Bellator, and the UFC. “Lil Bulldog” spent nearly eight years with the UFC, picking up wins over Alexa Grasso and Cortney Casey, among others.
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Announcing her retirement from MMA following a loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Vegas 56, Herrig told media outlets including Cageside Press that “I’ve known for a while that like, maybe my heart wasn’t in fighting anymore.” At the same time, she left the door open to pursue a career in other combat sports, stating the boxing had always been her first love.
“People are going to say whatever they want, but I never loved MMA. I love it in training, but I really love boxing. That has always been my first love. So maybe everything’s going to just come full circle.”
For now, Herrig will try her hand at bare-knuckle boxing.
In a press release announcing the signing on Tuesday, Herrig is quoted as saying that “I’ve watched closely what Dave Feldman and his team at BKFC have built and truly want to test myself in bare knuckle.” She went on to add that “At this point in my career, I’m ready for a new challenge, and there is nothing bigger and better than BKFC.”
No opponent or date has been announced for Felice Herrig’s BKFC debut.