According to a March 14 report from MMA Junkie, the Bellator 94 card has been completed with eight preliminary-card bouts ahead of three main-card fights that include two tournament finals, including a key tilt between Heather Clark and Felice Herrig.
Clark upped the ante on the intensity level of her Bellator 94 bout with Herrig by saying she wanted to fight “Lil’ Bulldog” mainly because of her “trashy” photo shoots. Clark opened a recent interview with kind remarks about Herrig, only to follow with shocking comments about her opponent’s perceived trashy nature.
“Personally I think she’s a great fighter,” Clark said of Herrig, in an interview with Knuxx. “She comes to fight. She prepares. She’s always in great shape. Most of the time she goes the distance and looks strong all through three rounds, so I think it’s going to be a real test to my skills.
“But also, I’m not really a big fan of hers,” Clark continued. “She promotes herself kind of trashy. I’ve said this before. There’s a difference between sexy and trashy.”
Clark thinks it’s okay for women’s MMA fighters to play up the sexy angle, as long as they do it with class in the manner of Ronda Rousey posing artistically nude for ESPN the Magazine.
Clark views Herrig’s recent shoots as “trashy” instead of “classy” because “Lil’ Bulldog” went topless in a couple photos, using her hands as a bra.
“If I [pull my top up] or spread my legs, that is trashy,” Clark said. “If I want to pose sexy or do something like Ronda [Rousey] where she was nude, but artistic, I believe that is sexy. I do think there’s a fine line between being trashy and spreading your legs and having your shirt off, sticking your tongue out and all that s***, and being sexy and flattering and feminine. To me, Felice is trashy and I think a lot of other girls are sexy, and I think that’s totally okay.”
Clark’s comments help illustrate the interesting divide present in women’s MMA today. Some fighters, including legends such as Tara LaRosa, are completely against female fighters playing up the sex appeal angle to enhance their fighting careers. They want women’s MMA to be considered a real sport, and not something gimmicky such as lingerie football league.
And then there’s fighters like Herrig, who take the completely opposite approach. Herrig uses sex appeal to her advantage, as it helps her make money from additional sponsorships.
Clark seems to take the middle ground, as she explained there’s a fine line between playing up the sexy angle and becoming completely trashy.
Clark and Herrig are set to fight at Bellator 94.