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Michele Gutierrez Responds to Herrig’s ‘Unethical’ Claim


Michele Gutierrez

by Matt Lo Cascio

Shortly after Felice Herrig claimed that Michele Gutierrez is “unethical” as a fighter and in business, Gutierrez took to her Twitter account to have a bit of fun with it.

While she played off the comments with a bunch of tweets that were hash-tagged #unethical, Gutierrez told Chicago’s MMA that the claims are unfounded.

“I have no idea what she’s even talking about. Basically she’s doing what she can to try and ruin my image,” Gutierrez said. “I didn’t hurt her family, kill her dog, steal her paycheck or sleep with her boyfriend. So anything and everything else is just childish.”

Herrig and Gutierrez will fight at Bellator 84 in Hammond on December 14, a rematch that didn’t seem possible just a short time ago when the two fighters were good friends. That’s obviously not the case anymore. So what happened to the friendship?

“We were good friends. We traveled around together promoting the (MMA Supremacy) video game. I told her a lot of personal things, things I shouldn’t have told her obviously,” Gutierrez said.

“To me it just seems like people were always trying to get us to turn on each other from day one. She heard things, I heard things…that’s never a good situation. Plus, I just wasn’t in a good place in my life. My career was on a crazy downward spiral. I definitely had a chip on my shoulder. I felt like she was out to get me when in all reality that most likely wasn’t the case.”

In the press release for the fight announcement, Herrig also commented on the value of a rematch with Gutierrez. “Fighting Michele again really does nothing for my career other than it gives me a chance to shut her mouth once and for all. It’s time for her to put her money where her mouth is,” Herrig said.

Gutierrez agrees to an extent, but says that all the pressure will be on Herrig.

“She’s been around awhile. She’s fought big names on big shows, put in her time. If she thinks she’s above me let her. I have nothing on the line here. If I lose it’s kind of expected. If she loses to me? Hell froze over. That’s some pressure,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said that she could run her mouth about Herrig but isn’t going to take that route.

“I train at a gym that she used to be at, I hear crazy things about her non-stop! Am I going to blast it everywhere? No, what good is that gonna do? She can rant and rant about how unethical I am, but I know who I am. People in my circle, my fans, they know too,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez is training hard for the upcoming fight with Herrig, and needs a victory after dropping two straight fights. But she says that MMA is not life-consuming for her.

“There’s so much more in the world than MMA, it’s just fighting. I’m not practicing medicine or bombing countries. It’s just a sport. After of all this I just want to look back and know that I acted right in the end. In a few years my little girl will be reading this and I don’t want her to see negative behavior.”

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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