Great news, (some) ladies and (most) gentlemen. Despite the chatter coming from the rumor mill, Felice Herrig (pictured) was not kicked off “The Ultimate Fighter 20” for getting into an out-of-octagon fight with a castmate on the first day of filming.
However, that doesn’t mean Herrig wasn’t involved in an altercation outside of the cage.
“Well, I wouldn’t say she almost got thrown off, but a fight broke out the first day,” UFC president Dana White clarified, albeit vaguely, on Sunday.
Herrig most recently dropped a lopsided decision to fellow TUF 20 castmate Tecia Torres in December. However, her scuffle was likely against archenemy Heather Jo Clark, who is also one of the 16 strawweights on this season’s show.
Herrig and Clark have engaged in verbal warfare for years, with their rivalry coming to a head at Bellator 94. Herrig shoved Clark when they faced off at the weigh-ins, then taunted Clark as the final horn sounded in their heated scrap.
Clark then retaliated by unleashing a backhand to Herrig’s face after the bell.
Herrig took a split decision victory that March 2013 evening.
If the first day of filming is any indication, perhaps this all-female cast is the breath of fresh air the struggling series needs.
White sure hopes so.
“I’m very excited. It’s like nothing we’ve ever done before,” White said of TUF hosting an all-femal cast. “We have the top 16 women in the world in that weight class and it will crown a champion at the end of the season. It’s different, it’s exciting, it’s new. The women go after it.
“The first day when they get in there, there’s already been stuff. Half of them don’t like each other. It’s going to be a very interesting season.”
Herrig owns a 9-5 professional record, but is more famous for her risqué selfies on Instagram than for what she’s accomplished as a mixed martial artist.
TUF 20 premieres on FOX Sports 1 on September 10 at 10PM ET. The victor will earn a six-figure UFC contract and be the first ever to don a 115 pound UFC belt.