Heath HerringWith the popularity MMA has gained in recent years, it has given the opportunity for fighters to expand their horizons. As has been the case with many fighters, it seems Heath Herring has recently thrown his cowboy hat into the mix as well.

He was recently pulled from a scheduled UFC 99 fight against Cain Velasquez, stating he was forced to withdraw due to an illness. However, with his most recent comments, it should at least raise the question of where his motivation is?

Heath Herring recently sat down with MMAFanhouse.com and discussed his future as a contender in the UFC Heavyweight division. Referring to his loss against heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, he explained how, “It doesn’t really benefit me to go backwards and fight new up-and-comer guys. It’s not really what I’m there to do, or what I’m there for.”

He continued, “It’s not that I’m not really happy with the UFC … It’s just, you know, like I said, I think that last fight just took a lot out of me. Now with acting, and things kind of taking off, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. And not necessarily with the UFC. Just with the training … you know, some of my trainers and things like that. I think I just needed a little time to step back and maybe do some other things for a little bit…”

What confuses me as a fan, is that had he fought Velasquez and won, wouldn’t that have put him right back in contention for the heavyweight title? And with the newly revamped UFC heavyweight division, there are more fights than with “new up-and-comer guys”. If my memory serves me correctly, I think Brock Lesnar was an up-and-comer in the UFC, but whatever happened with him anyways?

As has been the case with so many fighters before him, most notable Rich Franklin, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, MMA has given fighters the ability to branch out and earn money without getting hit in the face. But at the end of the day, they are fighters, they have all returned to what got them their acting gigs in the first place.

Currently Herring has a three fight contract remaining with the UFC, but it appears he is no hurry to return to the Octagon. He seems content with the money, B movies garnish, and will wait until the fight paydays increase.

I for one enjoy watching Heath Herring fight, and think with the restructured UFC heavyweight division, there are many intriguing fights he could take that would help his chances at a title shot. Remember, he is currently the only man to go the distance with Brock Lesnar.

Ultimately though, the decision lies with Heath Herring himself, but if he waits too long, all the acting jobs and fights, might just dry up.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Luis Santos: 'Coward' Ben Askren is a rat who was looking for a hole to hide in

  • 10 days ago

Luis Santos’ opportunity to get revenge against Ben Askren at ONE Championship 32 went out the window when he missed weight. Now, Santos is focusing on Askren as being the biggest problem in the situ read news >>

Jedrzejczyk vs. Letourneau Results: Winner, Scorecard, Reaction from UFC 193

  • 13 days ago

Joanna Jedrzejczyk had a great opportunity to gain some recognition as a co-headliner at UFC 193, and she did just that Saturday. The UFC women's strawweight champion successfully defended her belt a read news >>

Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal possible as new UFC Fight Night 79 headliner

  • 14 days ago

It appears Jorge Masvidal may get the opportunity to headline his first UFC event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Holly Holm Envisions a Grueling Battle to Take Ronda Rousey’s Belt ( UFC 193 Scrum Video)

  • 16 days ago

Holly Holm has the opportunity of a lifetime when she steps in the Octagon with Ronda Rousey, but knows it is no easy task that stands before her. read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov opts against retirement but won't get desired Al Iaquinta matchup

  • 16 days ago

Although another recent injury had Khabib Nurmagomedov considering retirement, he’s opted to fight on. But he won’t get his desired matchup.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Valerie Letourneau Says a ‘Bad Surprise’ Could Await Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 193

  • 19 days ago

Ninth-ranked women’s strawweight Valerie Letourneau has the opportunity of her career when she faces champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 193 on Nov. 14 in Australia. read news >>

Why UFC vet Thiago Tavares didn't mind that deep gash and recent TKO loss

  • 22 days ago

Veteran UFC featherweight Thiago Tavares said he doesn’t necessarily get hung up on whether he wins or loses his fights.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Chad Mendes Thinks Frankie Edgar is Being ‘Screwed,’ but Also Sees Opportunity

  • 23 days ago

Chad Mendes believes Frankie Edgar has been getting the short end of the stick in the 145-pound divison for some time, but also sees their bout as a huge opportunity. read news >>

Melvin Blumer Making the Most of Opportunity, Headlines RFA 32

  • 24 days ago

Melvin Blumer is making the most of his opportunity, as he heads into Friday's RFA 32 headlining bout opposite Leandro Higo. read news >>

Count Max Holloway Among Nick Diaz Defenders: ‘It’s a Bunch of BS’

  • 26 days ago

Featherweight contender Max Holloway became the most recent fighter to speak out about Nick Diaz’ five-year suspension for testing positive for marijuana. read news >>