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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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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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