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Felice Herrig and her digital doppleganger Cassie Cage

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As Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig gets ready to take on upstart Paige VanZant this weekend, the blond bombshell from Illinois may have another fight on her hands – in Mortal Kombat!

Since January, Herrig has been claiming that video game developer Netherrealm Studios has used her look for the character Cassie Cage for “Mortal Kombat X,” which dropped for next generation consoles this week.

Cassie Cage is the daughter of “Mortal Kombat” veterans Sonya Blade, a military special forces officer and Johnny Cage, a martial arts film star. When she was first introduced, Netherrealm Studios creative director Ed Boon said that many of Cassie Cage’s moves were based on her parents. Cassie Cage’s blond hair face appear similar to her mother Sonya’s – who I think looks more like Herrig.

Herrig, who is a comic book fan, hasn’t said anything about taking any sort of legal action against Netherrealm Studios, nor she doesn’t seem to be that upset.

Folks seem to be on two sides of the fence. One group of fans suggests that Herrig should call her lawyers or at least demand some sort of compensation. Others roll their eyes and dismiss it as a coincidence. While Cassie Cage may look similar to Herrig – because the Lil’ Bulldog is one of the few blond-haired celebrities out there – the two exhibit share some traits.

One of Cassie Cage’s fatalities – a graphic finishing move from the game – has her cutting the jaw of her opponent, taking a selfie with her foe and posting it onto a website. Although Herrig hasn’t killed anyone inside of the octagon, she’s known for posting pictures of her workouts. The two also trash talk their opponents and throw out some quick humor.

But Cassie Cage shares this characteristic with her father Johnny, who is the self-absorbed comic relief of the series. He’ll deliver one-liners while he’s pummeling you in the face. He’ll sign an 8×10 photo of himself and throw it to you after he’s kicked your face off.

Back in 1992, “Mortal Kombat” started, as a video game based on Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was approached to star in the game. After the Muscles from Brussels dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts, the team kept Van Damme’s appearance and used some of it for Johnny Cage’s design. Van Damme was approached to play Johnny Cage in the 1995 “Mortal Kombat” movie but opted to star in Street Fighter instead. To this day Van Damme has not sought any legal action against Midway Games, the original developers of Mortal Kombat, or Netherrealm Studios for using his likeness.

Some of Cage’s mannerisms might be based on Herrig or they might be a reflection of today’s culture. Let’s be honest, Herrig is not the only blond-haired professional athlete to take pictures of themselves and post them on the Internet. It’s also possible that some of Johnny’s characteristics have rubbed off on his daughter. Although she’s not signing photos of herself, Cassie Cage’s selfie is similar to what her old man would do.

As for the image of Cassie Cage holding a gun and Herrig making the same pose, the former is a sergeant in the game’s story so of course she would have a firearm.

Maybe Netherrealm Studios did base part of Cassie Cage on Herrig. Developers have admitted to using mixed martial arts move sets for some of the character’s fighting styles.

One thing that Herrig and her fans may not know is that Cassie Cage is the hero of “Mortal Kombat X.” She’s a natural leader, headstrong and resilient.

I think it would be ridiculous for Herrig to pursue legal action against Netherrealm, but if a gaming company based a character on my appearance I might think differently – actually I’d ask them to pick someone else.

I do think Netherrealm should reach out to Herrig and maybe give her a complimentary copy of “Mortal Kombat X.” After the VanZant fight, maybe the Lil’ Bulldog can get to know her digital doppleganger a little better.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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