Ever since dropping a unanimous decision to Brock Lesnar in 2008, Heath Herring has been MIA from the mixed martial arts scene. Five years after his last professional fight, MMA Fighting had a chance to catchup with “The Texas Crazy Horse” to see what he was up to.
“I want to go fight, but my problem is for a lot of it — where are you going to put your energy and time and efforts?” Herring said to MMA Fighting while temporarily in Las Vegas. “And I think sometimes you start getting spread too thin, and pulled in too many directions. It’s not that I wouldn’t fight. There’s been plenty of offers to go do it. But obviously I had that UFC contract dispute, and there weren’t a lot of other places to go. More than anything, that’s sort of been my problem I think.”
During his eleven year career as a professional mixed martial artist, Herring fought many of the notable names in MMA, such as: Evan Tanner, Vitor Belfort, Mark Kerr, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop, and Gary Goodridge.
During his five year break from MMA, Herring has enjoyed making money acting in movies, but he recently decided to take up a business venture in Argentina that’s much closer to his roots than acting.
“I started a fight company down there actually called Combate Extremo,” he told MMA Fighting. “And it’s doing really well. We had our first event in July in Buenos Aires, and it actually went phenomenal. It was sold out. We got a TV deal with Canal 13, which is like I guess the equivalent of their CBS to us, the largest TV network. That was really cool. It was really cool actually to go to the president [of Canal 13’s] office and talk to them.”
Herring is currently listed as the vice president of the company and seems very happy with it. When asked if he would ever return to the UFC even after five years of ring rust from fighting professionally, the thirty-five year old didn’t rule out the possibility.
“Possibly,” he said. “But I’m really trying to get this thing going on down south, because I enjoy that. I’m definitely not saying I’m above fighting, that’s for sure. Because I love the game, and I love to do — and I keep thinking I’m old, but at 35 I’m not that old.”