After an extended layoff from active competition, former UFC and Pride FC veteran Heath Herring is still interested in throwing down on the big stage.
Fans need to travel back to UFC 87 in August of 2008 to recount Herring’s last combative encounter, where he was bruised and battered in a three round unanimous decision loss by future UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar.
Herring recently spoke to Sherdog about his two-year absence, noting that in his mind he wasn’t being offered fights that made sense to him on a financial level.
“There were a couple of times [since the Lesnar fight] where the UFC wanted me to go overseas and do a fight for them, but it was tough,” Herring recalled. “The UFC would do things like ask me to fight overseas but then only pay for one hotel room for me and my coaching staff. If I’m having to pay for hotel rooms, and they’re making as much money as they are on pay-per-views, it’s just not financially worthwhile for me to take that fight.”
Herring went on to say that he’s in an odd situation contractually. The UFC is currently able to match any offer he receives for up to one year, stating, “I’ve had some offers, but I’m not sure if the UFC would let me sign somewhere else.”
Despite not fighting in the cage, “The Texas Crazy Horse” has been staying busy. By his own admission he has been in nine movies over the past two years, but says that he still misses the fighting game.
“I definitely miss fighting,” he said. “I didn’t know anything else for 14 years, and everything I have comes from mixed martial arts. This isn’t what I’m used to doing.”