No one’s heard a whole lot from Heath Herring in the MMA world since he was pummeled mercilessly by Brock Lesnar back in August of 2008. Since then he’s been ‘acting’, a term I have to put in quotation since almost all of his roles have been in Hector Echavarria films. Still, if he’s making a living off of it, good for him. Because after this quote I dunno if he’ll be able to come back into the UFC and keep making money that way:
“I really don’t care too much for them, and I don’t think they care too much for me (Dana White and the UFC ownership group)…. 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 is 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.”
It’s worth noting that Heath Herring is NOT one of the many fighters being underpaid by the UFC. He makes 70k/70k, which spread out over 3 fights a year means his annual salary is between $210,000 and $420,000. Sure, this is before taxes and expenses, but welcome to the real world, Herring. As for not getting pushed, this might have to do with the fact that he hasn’t had one entertaining fight in the UFC in the five fights he’s been around. And I know Brock Lesnar is a beast and all, but Herring was about as active in that fight as a punching bag.
Congrats to Herring for having the balls to make a career change, but it’s not always the best idea to burn those other bridges. Unless of course he wants to get released by the UFC, which is always a possibility. A kinda dumb possibility, but a real one regardless.