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UFC Quick Quote: Getting anxiety under control big factor in Felice Herrig win in Chicago

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Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

"I don't really have a plan.I haven't really thought about it. I want to enjoy this win. But now that I'm back to normal, back to myself...people don't realize that, you know, my last fight was the first time I ever had felt like, after the first minute-and-a-half my body just went numb. I didn't know what was happening, and so I had a bunch of lab work done and medical tests done, and my body has been just so burnt out from all the years that I've been fighting. So I took a few steps back. That's why I took the time off. I was always training, but I was working on all the things that I maybe had been stubborn to do before, and I worked on getting my anxiety under control which was a huge factor. And this was the first fight where I felt relaxed and where I felt like I did everything in the fight I know I'm capable of, things I do in the gym. So we'll see what's next. I don't really know."

After more than a year away from the Octagon, Felice Herrig returned to the cage in a big way at UFC on FOX 20, choking out Kailin Curran in just under two minutes via rear-naked choke in Chicago, Illinois (see it again here). It was the most dominant win of her career and a huge bump in confidence after losing a unanimous decision to Paige VanZant in her last outing. As "Lil' Bulldog" declared during the post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting), the time away was crucial for her, as it helped her get a lot of things under control, including her anxiety and superstitious tendencies. Now that she's "back to normal," Herrig is looking better than ever and proved it last night in "Chi-Town." Anyone care to throw out some potential foes for her next outing?