“I really don’t care too much for them. I don’t think they care too much for me…They’ve got their guys they want to push, guys they want to market. Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir are the guys they want to push and market. The problem is if you’re one of the guys who’s not one of their favorites, they want to keep you out of the competition…I’m trying to make money for myself, feed my family, and these guys are trying to do everything they can to make it impossible for me. With the way the UFC’s pay scale and as much as it costs me to get ready for a fight. At the end of the day I made like 40 grand…If I was getting a little more money and it was worth my while I’d get back into fighting. But right now I’m making more in movies. I’ve got to look out for number one as far as that goes…These guys are literally making money off our blood, sweat and tears. We don’t get any health insurance. If you get hurt training for a fight, you’re screwed. It’s really kind of crazy. Dana White’s got six Ferraris. Hell, I just want one.”
—Heath Herring on ESPN 1080 Radio, via Fanhouse, complaining about the UFC pay scale
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Heath Herring in the Octagon — August 2008 when Brock Lesnar smashed his face in at UFC 87 to be exact — and I guess now we know the reason why. If Heath is able to make an easier living making movies more power to him, but there’s no guarantees the offers will roll in forever which is exactly I’m not sure burning bridges with the UFC in the meantime is the smartest move on his part. I’ve always liked Heath, but I don’t think he quite understands how this game works. Unfortunately, seniority doesn’t entitle you to the big paydays in this business. He’s fought the majority of all the top heavyweights in the world. His problem is he couldn’t beat them.
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