Heath Herring spoke with ESPN's 1080 in Orlando, voicing his displeasure with Dana White and the UFC. Herring hasn't fought since getting dominated by Brock Lesnar at UFC 87, and has been busy making movies:
"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."
I can sympathize with Herring somewhat, but at the end of the day you have to win fights. Herring lost his UFC debut in a horrible fight against Jake O'Brien, citing an injury for the poor performance. However, Herring never could string together any victories as his UFC record stands at (2-3). The two decision wins were fairly lackluster as well, so it's understandable why Herring was never pushed as a contender. I'm sure Herring knows the UFC brass will not appreciate these comments. I wonder if he's attempting to solicit a release from the organization with these statements?