“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 20 quarterfinalist embraced her role
as an underdog and upset the previously unbeaten Alexa
Grasso in the
UFC Fight Night 104 co-main event on Saturday at the Toyota
Center in Houston. Herrig entered the cage at +321 odds, per
BetDSI.com, and walked away with 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 marks from
the cageside judges.
To the surprise of many, the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, native
elected to exchange with Grasso (-393) on the feet.
“I didn’t do as much as I wanted to, but I did do what I expected
of myself,” Herrig said. “Everyone thinks of me as a grappler, but
I come from a striking background. Alexa is a tough opponent and
known for her boxing, so I wanted to remind everyone that I’m a
high-level striker, and I chose to stand up and trade with
According to FightMetric
figures, Grasso landed 20 more significant strikes than the
Curran protégé across their three-round encounter. However,
Herrig was more active -- she threw 37 more strikes than the Lobo
Gym prospect -- and executed the only two takedowns of the fight,
securing one in the second round and another in the third. She was
impressed with what Grasso brought to the table.
“She was very tough,” said Herrig, who won for the seventh time in
nine appearances. “I’ve watched a lot of her fights, and I have a
lot of respect for her. I remember watching her fights in Invicta
[Fighting Championships] and thinking that fighting her would be
fun, and it was fun. She’s a great competitor, but tonight was my
Grasso had company among fallen favorites. Dennis
Bermudez (-200) was victimized by a Chan Sung
Jung uppercut in the first round of their featherweight
headliner and saw his modest two-fight winning streak grind to a
halt. In his first appearance since losing to Jose Aldo on
Aug. 3, 2013, Jung (+165) drew the curtain 2:49 into Round 1.
“It definitely felt different from sparring; it felt good to be
back in the Octagon,” Jung said. “For the time I was away, I
practiced a lot. What I worked on the most was my wrestling and
footwork. I wasn’t really expecting the knockout to come that
Oezdemir (+295) made the most of his opportunity as a
short-notice fill-in for the injured Jan
Blachowicz, as he did just enough to eke out a split decision
over Ovince St.
Preux (-365) in their three-round light heavyweight showcase.
All three cageside judges scored it 29-28: J.J. Ferraro and Joe
Soliz for Oezdemir, Sal D’Amato for St. Preux.
“When I signed the fight, a lot of people were congratulating me on
joining the UFC, but that was not enough for me,” Oezdemir said.
“Of course, coming to the UFC was always a goal for me as a
fighter, but I knew I needed to perform. I knew I needed to win to
prove that I belong here.”