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Where have you gone, Heath Herring?

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Heath Herring has not fought since UFC 87 in August 2008 and is awaiting a resolution to his UFC contract. Photo by Ken Pishna/<a href="http://mmaweekly.com/">MMAWeekly.com</a>
Heath Herring has not fought since UFC 87 in August 2008 and is awaiting a resolution to his UFC contract. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMAWeekly.com

Heath Herring was one of the sport's top heavyweights in the early 2000s. He fought Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to determine the first PRIDE heavyweight champion in 2001 and has fought some of the best heavyweights to ever step into a ring or cage.

Herring came to the UFC amid a lot of hype in 2007 but that train immediately was derailed by Jake O'Brien. Herring amassed a 2-3 record in the UFC and hasn't fought since UFC 87 in August 2008 where he dropped a unanimous decision to Brock Lesnar in Lesnar's second UFC fight.

Herring has resurfaced recently and Sherdog.com caught up with him to see what his status is.

"There were a couple of times [since the Lesnar fight] where the UFC wanted me to go overseas and do a fight for them, but it was tough," Herring told Sherdog.com. "The UFC would do things like ask me to fight overseas but then only pay for one hotel room for me and my coaching staff. If I'm having to pay for hotel rooms, and they're making as much money as they are on pay-per-views, it's just not financially worthwhile for me to take that fight."

Herring's contractual status with the UFC also is murky. Although he told Sherdog he misses fighting, Herring still is in a bit of a holding pattern.

"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."

Herring has kept busy during his downtime, turning to acting and working with the military to keep him busy. But longtime fans have to wonder: When is Heath Herring going to return to fighting?