UFC veteran Felice Herrig retired following a failure to secure a victory at UFC 56. 38 year old Herrig was pitted against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Kowalkiewicz defeated Herrig with a second round rear-naked choke.
This victory enabled Kowalkiewicz to lose her 4 fight losing spree.
KOWALKIEWICZ. IS. BACK!!!
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An emotional moment after Karolina Kowalkiewicz submitted Felice Herrig at #UFCVegas56 to snap a five-fight skid.
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“It’s been in an honor being in the UFC for eight years and fighting for twenty. The biggest thing for me was, you know, I had two ACL surgeries and I really wanted to not go out like that. I wanted to prove to myself that I can overcome two knee surgeries and come back and still fight at the highest level.” Herrig explained her decision to retire in the post fight interview.
“And you know, I felt better than ever in training, my mind felt great and so much positive energy and great people around me, great coaches. But I knew that if I wasn’t feeling it in the cage, that it was just gonna be my last fight. And not in a bad way, you know, I just feel like there’s something else for me. Like, it’s time to close this chapter in my life. Which is really sad because I’ve committed the past twenty years to it. But it’s just time to move on to something else.”