Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone wasn’t the only UFC fighter to suffer a bloody nose while fighting in Las Vegas last Sat. night (Jan. 2020), as veteran strawweight Felice Herrig started leaking plasma after getting slugged over ... a penny.
And it wasn’t even a 1943-D type Lincoln bronze.
“A girl stopped in the middle of traffic in (expletive) Vegas, I was like, ‘What the (expletive)?’ It was for a penny,” Herrig said on social media (via MMA Junkie). “Then, I was giving her (expletive) over it. I’m like, ‘It’s just a penny.’ Then, she got all mad, and then she got all up in my face. I was like, ‘You should probably punch me if you want to,’ and she (expletive) did punch me. Then, I punched her back twice-ish. She gave me a bloody nose and I never bleed my own blood. I was very upset.”
I would blame the allure of the penny slots but the casinos don’t even let you use coins anymore, the slot machines are all digital (and it sucks). I loved walking around town with that plastic change cup and hearing the plink-plink-plink of a payout.
“My beautiful hair is still intact,” Herrig continued. “I was desperately trying to save that and my knee. I didn’t want her to (expletive) with my knee, so I did what I needed to do to nullify the situation. I punched her in the face a few times. I made her run away like a little (expletive). She didn’t want none of this.”
Herrig has been on the sidelines for the last eight months after going under the knife to repair a torn ACL, which bounced “Lil’ Bulldog” from her UFC 238 showdown opposite Yan Xiaonan. A timeline for her Octagon return has yet to be established.