Yesterday, you read the first half of this Personality Close-up interview with Felice Herrig. This feature serves as the conclusion, and hopefully will make you feel like you know the girl behind the gloves a little better.
Stephie Daniels: Do you get an opportunity to watch television, and if so, what's your favorite show?
Felice Herrig: I do watch it here and there, if my training schedule permits. I really love Modern Family; it's so funny. It's hard to get into anything because all the good shows are on when I train. I train day and night, but my night sessions are more intense and longer.
I don't get home until about 9, so I listen to my music to unwind, catch up on my social media. I will tell you that I've been watching a lot of the Food Network lately. I like Mystery Diners and Chopped, so there's that [laughs].
Stephie Daniels: What's the weirdest fan experience you've ever had?
Felice Herrig: I haven't really had anything crazy or weird happen with fans. Quite the opposite, actually. I've gotten wonderful fan mail, a few gifts. My fans are pretty damned awesome.
Stephie Daniels: You routinely take to Twitter and Facebook to get input on your costumes. Any outlandish suggestions? Is anyone requesting you show up as Cinderella in a horse drawn carriage?
Felice Herrig: [Laughs] No, nothing like that. A lot of it is superheros and comic book vixens. I get tons of fan photoshops of me that inspire my outfits. My next outfit is going to be sort of a girl power type thing. I don't like to give it away before everyone sees it, but I think it will be my best one yet.
Stephie Daniels: We didn't get to see your walkout for your last fight. Did that bother you?
Felice Herrig: I went all out for that one, too. I bought so much stuff for my outfit...it just sucks when you put so much effort into it, and the people at home didn't get to see it. They didn't even play my walkout song. I don't want to talk bad about Bellator, but it just didn't seem like they were on the same page as me, or any of the females, as far as giving them any of the spotlight.
It's crazy because they pursued me. They wanted me to fight for them bad, to the point where they gave me a lot of money to fight for them. Why are you going to do that, and then not promote or market your product? I just don't understand their reasoning behind that at all. I couldn't even get a retweet from them [laughs].
Stephie Daniels: I know you're training for a fight and dieting, but if you could narrow it down, what's your favorite food?
Felice Herrig: My favorite dessert is cannoli. I love cannoli so much. I also love pumpkin pie. Dessert is my thing. I love dessert. I really love Thai food, as well. Any Asian food works for me, but my favorite type is Thai. I'm really into coconut right now, too. I'm absolutely obsessed with all things coconut.
I was a raw foodist for two years, if you can believe that. That means nothing is cooked, everything is under 118 degrees. I have a dehydrator, and sometimes I still make my own raw treats.
Stephie Daniels: I once saw someone ask you about a fast food restaurant, and you replied, ‘I don't eat that processed crap.' Is that true that you don't eat fast food?
Felice Herrig: I don't eat it too much at all. I haven't eaten fast food hardly at all since I was a freshman in high school. As a matter of fact, I had my very first Big Mac like a year ago.
Stephie Daniels: Well, if you're going to try any kind of fast food crap, the Big Mac is sort of the All American thing to get. Did you like it?
Felice Herrig: Oh yeah. I was like, ‘Mmmmmm this is delicious!' [Laughs]
Stephie Daniels: You're a very crafty type girl. I've seen the tables you did with the comic book decoupage. Where did you come by your artistic side?
Felice Herrig: I love doing stuff like that. People don't know...my parents are both artists; my dad is an amazing artist. All five of us kids in the family can draw and are really creative. That's also where a lot of my outfits come into play, as well. Most of those sock monkeys I have, I've made myself. Some of them are from fans, but a lot are my own handiwork. I can do a whole bunch of crafty shit [laughs].
Stephie Daniels: What do your parents think of your chosen career path? Are they 100% on board with it?
Felice Herrig: Oh yes, they are. My dad is so proud of me, my mom too. They couldn't be happier and are really very supportive of me. Even if they weren't cool with it, they'd still support me in this. They never tried to force any set careers on any of us. They let us all make our own decisions. My dad has been into martial arts since he was like 17 years old. He's really proud.
Stephie Daniels: You said at one point in this interview that you're not a nurturer. Do you ever have plans for children?
Felice Herrig: I hate to say definitively yes or no and have that set in stone. Right now, at this point in my life, I don't foresee it. I'm very selfish with my time, and right now, I kind of have to be. My career is the most important thing to me, and I don't want to have to take a year off to have a child.
Also, I don't have a boyfriend and I'm not married, so that factors in, too. If my status changes, that my factor in to a shift in priorities. I'm an all or nothing type of person. Right now, it's all about my career, but I could easily see myself shifting that all or nothing attitude to a child, and being the best parent I could be. If I ever end up having a child, it would be my number one focus.
Stephie Daniels: What's the first big fight that caught your eye?
Felice Herrig: Rocky, when I was a kid. I loved it [laughs].
Actually though, my brother-in-law taught at this kickboxing school I used to go to, and there was this guy named Jim Zbilski, who was this great, American kickboxer, and I just remember going to a lot of the fights and Jim was kind of like a legend. I know a lot of people don't know who he is, but he was great. I watched all the Midwestern kickboxers like Kevin Miller Jim Zbilski and Mike Naggi (sp?) Those were my first real experiences watching fights.
Stephie Daniels: Out of all the weapons in your technique arsenal, what's your favorite?
Felice Herrig: The push kick to the face.
Stephie Daniels: Of all the people, past or present that you've watched fight, who is the one you enjoy(ed) watching most?
Felice Herrig: Ya know, I keep going back to Rocky here [laughs]. I never get tired of watching those movies. He'll be 90 years old with a walker in the ring, and I'll be glued to the screen watching.
Stephie Daniels: Final question, if you and 10 of your friends could watch a fight exclusively, a fight where you hand select the opponents, who would you want to see matched up?
Felice Herrig: Mighty Mouse and Fedor.
You can follow Felice via her Twitter account, @FeliceHerrig
If you missed PartI of this interview, you can find it here.