It’s not that I’m not really happy with the UFC … It’s just, you know, like I said, I think that last fight just took a lot out of me. Now with acting, and things kind of taking off, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. And not necessarily with the UFC. Just with the training … you know, some of my trainers and things like that. I think I just needed a little time to step back and maybe do some other things for a little bit…And the other thing, too, is I know the Velasquez fight a lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, it’s a great fight.’ You know, I’ve been fighting for 13 years. You see the fight with [Frank] Mir and [Brock] Lesnar and Lesnar just pretty much dominated Mir, knocked him out in the second round, and beat the hell out of [Randy] Couture in the second round. And it’s like, Wow, I was the only one who was able to go the full time with that guy. It doesn’t really benefit me to go backwards and fight new up-and-comer guys. It’s not really what I’m there to do, or what I’m there for.
—Heath Herring telling MMA Fanhouse he’s taking some time off from fighting to pursue acting opportunities
Yet another mixed martial artist who has been bitten by the acting bug. Not that I blame them for it. Acting, while hard work, or so I hear, has to be an easier career path than getting beaten up on a daily basis. That said, if Heath Herring cares at all about getting back in contention, going off to do straight-to-dvd movies isn’t going to get him back there, and either is having the attitude that certain less established fighters aren’t worthy enough to fight him. I’ve always like the “Texas Crazy Horse” and still do, but I thought his attitude would have changed about the new crop of heavyweights after the Lesnar fight. I guess not.
At the end of the day though, it sounds like it comes down to money for Heath. He claims he can make more money now acting than fighting, but doesn’t think he’s fought his last fight. He’s just waiting for the purses to get a little bigger. He says he has a three-fight deal with the UFC so when he’s ready to come back, that’s where we’ll see him.