Felice Herrig isn’t Heather Clark’s only enemy on “TUF 20.” | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
With the 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in full swing, we have had the opportunity to get a glimpse of what the UFC women’s strawweight division will have to offer.
After five episodes, Team Melendez is 0-5 against Team Pettis, with Felice Herrig scoring a unanimous decision over Heather Jo Clark to put a cap on a heated rivalry that has been playing out in front of the cameras since day one.
At the end of the episode, Clark was seen making a conscious effort to bury the hatchet with Herrig and quell the animosity that has transpired between the two. However, Clark and fellow Team Melendez fighter Lisa Ellis, who also lost in her first round, recently spoke to Sherdog.com, and it appears things might not be as smoothed over as one might think.
With the conversation taking place only a few hours before the episode aired, Clark made it clear that there is still hostility between her and some of the fellow contestants. “Hurricane” has been framed as a diva of sorts on the show and consistently draws the ire of her teammates. But rather than single out Herrig as the instigator, Clark explained that Angela Magana became the thorn in her side and, quite possibly, the leader of the collective that have come to be known as The Skrapettes.
“It was a gang mentality,” Clark explained of the group that also includes Rose Namajunas, Bec Rawlings and Angela Hill. “Separate, they would be nice to me and ask normal questions like they were my friend. Five minutes later they would be mad dogging me in the kitchen.”
Ellis seconds Clark’s account of the Magana-led collective. And although she hasn’t had any personal problems with Magana, she says that there is a terrible dark side to her fellow cast mate.
“I got to know Magana as my roommate along with Angela Hill,” Ellis explained, while citing that Magana often used bullying tactics in an effort to become the alpha dog of the “TUF” house. “She has a very dark side to her that it’s almost scary.
“It was really obnoxious,” Ellis continued. “I think at one point my food was getting messed with heavily. I had some issues with my knee, and I didn’t feel like standing or cooking. They kept taking my sushi and eating half of it. I remember I didn’t want to have a confrontation, but it kept eating at me so I had to address it. It was met with hostility and denial.”
Clark recalled a time on another, unaired women’s MMA reality show with Magana where Magana allegedly urinated in another contestant’s food.
“She’s just a bully,” Clark said. “I think it is her own personal insecurities that would make her pull others down in order to make herself feel better.”
Both Clark and Ellis believe that The Skrapettes have also gotten to the coaches on Team Melendez, resulting in preferential treatment.
“We got a little bit different coaching experience than the other girls because we weren’t part of The Scrapettes,” Clark explained. “With their sexuality they were able to -- not so much with Gilbert -- but with some of the other coaches they really pulled them in and put them against us a little bit.”
Although both Clark and Ellis are out of the tournament, both are looking toward the future in the UFC. And both, specifically Clark, would like a piece of Magana sooner than later.
“Down the line I want to fight Magana,” Clark said flatly. “If she lasts that long (in the UFC).”