It’s been over two years since Heath Herring last fought when he lost to Brock Lesnar at UFC 87. The last time we heard from him, he was bitching about the UFC pay scale and said he made more money acting than fighting. Well, fast forward nine months, and guess what? The acting gigs aren’t rolling in like they used to, and Heath Herring suddenly misses fighting.
“I did quite a few movies [in 2009]],” Herring said. “This year, I’ve done two or three movies and some reality show pilots, but the economy has really slowed things down lately. I’m supposed to be in a movie with Jean Claude Van Damme and Wesley Snipes called ‘Havana Heat’ that we’re going to shoot in Colombia, but I think that’s going to be put off until after the holidays.”
“I definitely miss fighting,” said Herring. “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. Sometimes it gets me down, but I’ve been in eight movies in about two years. It’s weird to not have a fight to look forward to, but I try to keep myself busy with work and have a goal to work towards. Still, sometimes it’s hard not to go stir crazy.”
Now that Herring wants back in the fight game though, he’s finding that the UFC isn’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for him. Herring says they’ve offered him overseas fights since the Lesnar loss, but since they were only going to pay for one hotel room for him and his cornermen, he didn’t see it “financially worthwhile” to take the fight when they UFC is raking in millions on pay-per-view. And now that’s he ready to take a fight, he’s found himself in contract limbo with the organization.
“I’m kind of in a weird deal with the UFC right now,” said Herring. “Supposedly I’m free and clear, but the UFC is able to match any offer I get for a year. I’ve had some offers, but I’m not sure if the UFC would let me sign somewhere else.”
While his contract situation gets worked out, Herring plans to hold a few seminars and do a little work with the troops. There’s no telling if Herring’s next fight will take place in the Octagon, but considering how critical Herring has been of the UFC and all the roster cuts coming from the WEC merger, I definitely wouldn’t bet on it.