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Felice Herrig: I'm Not 'Young and Beautiful Enough' for UFC Promotion

Felice Herrig gave an emotional interview after her win Sunday. (YouTube/MMAJunkie)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 01:49 PM

Female cagefighter Felice Herrig says the UFC hasn't promoted her because she's not "young and beautiful enough."

Herrig's remarks came after she defeated Justine Kish in Oklahoma City on Sunday, giving Kish her first loss in a UFC bout.

The strawweight fighter fought back tears during a post-fight interview on Sunday where she said despite being an experienced 15-year veteran in the sport, she's not getting the same opportunities as other female UFC fighters because of her looks and perhaps other reasons.

“Honestly, if you want to know the truth, I just feel like I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me,” she said, according to MMA Junkie. “It’s sad because I’ve really worked hard to be here. It’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through and just got to the UFC at the right time, and they’re now getting all these opportunities."

“I’ve seen how hard I’ve worked to get here, and it just doesn’t matter because I just feel I’m not pretty enough, and I’m not getting any younger," Herrig added.

Herrig is coming off of two of the biggest wins of her UFC career, knocking off two previously undefeated fighters.

“I just think that my performances are going to keep speaking volumes,” she said. “I think fans, the people and the media see and recognize I just beat two undefeated fighters, two really good undefeated fighters that were no joke. Alexa Grasso is no joke. Justine Kish is no joke. Anyone in this sport that’s not just a casual fan knows better. I don’t need a fancy trophy to tell me I’m good or to tell me what I’m made of I know.”

Herrig made it clear that her comments were not directed "at the UFC or Dana White."

“I’m not trying to make this like a point finger at the UFC or Dana White or anybody,” Herrig said. “I know they have a business to run. ... I’m not the only fighter who feels like this. ... We put a lot out there as fighters, and I don’t know – I feel like I’ve paid my dues, and nobody can deny that."

“I’m a UFC fighter, and I’ve worked my way to the top, so I would like a little more love. That’s it," she added.

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