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Felice Herrig submits Kailin Curran in the first round at UFC Chicago

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 12: Felice Herrig celebrates her submission victory over Lisa Ellis in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 12: Felice Herrig celebrates her submission victory over Lisa Ellis in their strawweight fight during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside the Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Felice Herrig seems poised to crack the strawweight top 15 after making quick work of UFC Fight Night opponent Kailin Curran on Saturday night in front of a home crowd in Chicago.

Felice was very active from the start as she landed strong kicks to her opponent's body. Curran tried to push the pace with a left-punch, right-kick combo, but Herrig caught the kick and forced the fight to the canvas. From there, Herrig used her impressive jiu-jitsu to take Curran's back and force her arm under Curran's chin.

Curran valiantly tried to fight the submission off but had no choice but to tap. John McCarthy stepped in and called the fight at the 1:59 mark of the first round.

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"I think people underestimate my jiu-jitsu game but I come from a really strong jiu-jitsu gym," Herrig said. "Everyone at Team Curran has made me a really solid jiu-jitsu player, and then I also had my best friend, Carla Esparza, come out and help me with my wrestling ... I'm just happy to be here!"

The win improves Herrig's record to 11-6 overall and 2-1 inside the Octagon, with both wins coming by way of submission. Curran has been finished in all three of her UFC losses.