According to an Aug. 20 tweet from Carla Esparza, the Invicta FC strawweight champ would never fight Felice Herrig again, even though hundreds of fight fans have been calling for the matchup since "Lil' Bulldog" was released from Bellator.
Esparza and Herrig fought each other at XFC 15 in 2011, but have since become very close friends. They often refer to each other as "soul sisters" and are spotted together at MMA events across the country.
Fight fans were hopeful that the ladies would be able to put friendship aside for 15 minutes just to see who the better fighter is in 2013, but it appears that the rematch will never come to fruition.
"Just for the record, I'd never fight @feliceherrig .She's my best friend in the world. U'd see me drop to 105 before I ever let that happen!" Esparza tweeted.
Both Herrig and Esparza agree that they have become too close to ever punch each other in the face again.
"@FightChixJake @invictafc I'm fine fighting its just business. Only one I wouldn't consider is @CarlaEsparza1 I love her way to much," Herrig tweeted.
Since MMA fighting is supposed to be more about competition than actual hatred for an opponent, many fighters are able to put friendship aside to go to war. Others, however, aren't able to put emotions aside in a fight.
Esparza and Herrig didn't technically need to start thinking about it yet, since "Cookie Monster" is expected to be fighting Claudia Gadelha at Invicta FC 7.
Herrig will likely fight Joanne Calderwood or another top ten strawweight contender in her Invicta FC debut.
However, FightMatrix currently ranks Esparza and Herrig back-to-back, at No. 6 and 7 in the world, respectively.
It's pretty clear that these ladies are fairly evenly matched, perhaps even more so now than when they first met in 2011.
Luckily, Bec Hyatt came out saying she would be willing to put friendship aside for a fight against Herrig.
"I wouldn't mind at all," Hyatt said when asked if she would fight Herrig. "It's strictly business for me."
Fight fans should respect Herrig and Esparza's wishes to not slug it out with each other again. Unless you're a cage fighter and as close as they are, it's hard to say what would be the right thing to do.
Invicta FC has plenty of other options for potential matchups in the strawweight ranks, so fans will just have to suck it up and watch replays of Herrig's 2011 fight with Esparza if they want to see the ladies battle again.