Herrig was submitted by Kowalkiewicz via rear-naked choke late in the second round. Following the fight, Herrig removed her gloves and left them on the canvas signifying her retirement.
During the event’s post-fight press conference, an emotional Herrig explained her decision to retire form completion.
“I’ve known for a while that maybe my heart wasn’t in fighting anymore,” Herrig said. “I enjoyed the training process. I enjoyed everything about it. I had the two knee surgeries, and that was not the way I was going to go out in the sport. I wasn’t going to let an injury hold me back.
“I wanted to prove to myself, nobody else, just myself, that I could overcome two ACL surgeries and get back to being in the best shape of my life and come back and fight at the top level in the UFC. And I did that, but I also knew in the process that if I didn’t feel what I wanted to feel in the cage that I was going to retire.”
“I just realized this wasn’t for me anymore,” Herrig said. “I don’t know if I ever really loved it.”
Watch an emotional Herrig detail her grueling decision to leave the sport after two decades in combat sports.
Felice Herrig UFC Vegas 56 Post-fight Press Conference Video
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