CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Felice Herrig poses for a post fight portrait during the UFC Fight Night event at the United Center on July 23, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Earlier this month, my colleague Loren Rosenberg and I got the chance to sit down with #9 ranked UFC strawweight Felice Herrirg. “Little Bulldog” was just coming off her win over Kailin Curran two weeks earlier at UFC on Fox Holm vs. Shevchenko in Chicago.

Throughout the interview Felice talked about what it was like for her to return after a long absence and the mindset she was in when taking that walk to the octagon. She also brought up the challenges of being the only strawweight fighting out of Team Curran.

Herrig also discussed her relationship with Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza and if UFC fans might ever see a Carla-Felice fight, as well as what comes next for Felice as she looks ahead to her next fight.

The interview was conducted at XFO Outdoor Wars 12 during an intermission. XFO (X-treme Fighting Organization) is a local Chicago Mix Martial Arts Promotion. The promotion has sent over 100 fighters to major MMA promotions (UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting) including Herrig herself, and is available to watch on UFC Fight Pass. Outdoor Wars is the promotion’s annual outdoor event, held earlier this month.