“I think the whole five Ferrari comment is that at this point in my career, I’m actually making less money than when I was younger and I was 23 years old,” Herring told MMAjunkie.com. “Like I said, I’ve got these business opportunities that have arisen, and it actually makes more sense for me to try to do that financially than try to take the time out and fight. That’s the decision I’m being faced with right now.”
“It’s obviously a risk that I wrestle with on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s been a very tough decision for me. But with my current contract, I feel like I’ve hit the glass ceiling, so to speak. It’s not that I don’t ever want to fight again. But I have to be intelligent with my body and my time, and (if) I can find something that pays off better, I need to go down that road.
“I’ve got a lot of scars and wounds but not a lot to show for it. It’s like, ‘Do you want to keep destroying your body?’ I love fighting. But it’s like you wake up one day – and I’m almost 32 years old now – and you say, ‘What have I really done? What’s the legacy I’ve left for my child and my family, other than do you want to watch me on YouTube? You want to watch me on Spike TV?’
“It’s not really intelligent for me to continue down this road and look up in five or 10 years and be like, ‘OK, what did I get here?'”
I’d say that’s perfectly understandable, but he can’t erase what he said the other day, and the question is, what does Dana White think about it? Is Heath so insignificant to them at this point that he’ll choose just to ignore it? Or will it set Dana off into a vindictive rage that he’s been known for when someone criticizes him or his company? Heath isn’t sure but he thinks it might even work to his advantage.
“Obviously, the way that that interview was taken and blown out of context, I think Dana’s very vindictive. I think when he gets upset about something, he tries to stick it to whoever.
“But on the other side, I’m one of the few marketable heavyweights. I think I’m making them more money even by this stuff. By causing a commotion, it’s even putting my name out there more, which is more marketing for them at this point. I’m not trying to cause a crusade against the UFC by any means.”
Yeah, I’m not so sure about that. Roger Huerta made similar remarks and found himself on the bench for over a year. The UFC doesn’t mind when you ruffle some feathers, but not when they’re the target. Herring’s contract is set to expire in April, so I assume we’ll find out his fate sooner rather than later.