Heath Herring

Heath Herring

Heath "The Texas Crazy Horse" Herring (born March 2, 1978 in Waco, Texas) is an American Heavyweight professional mixed martial artist who attained popularity fighting for PRIDE FC in Japan and now fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is known for his entertaining battles with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, all three of which he has lost.


Herring is an MMA fighter who practices wrestling, sambo and muay thai. He currently lives in Las Vegas and trains at the Xyience Training center. Training under Dutch trainer and Kickboxing/Muy Thai legend Rob Kaman

Herring is known for unique hairstyles and colors as well as wearing a cowboy hat and duster coat to the ring. His appearance is very popular among the Japanese crowd. According to commentary during his PRIDE Shockwave '03 fight against Giant Silva, he wears contact lenses.

PRIDE Fighting Championship

Herring is a long time veteran in PRIDE. He took part in the first Heavyweight title fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira where he lost by unanimous decision. Despite his earlier championship loss to Rodrigo Nogueira he was widely considered the number one contender until his first round loss to Fedor Emelianenko. His most notable wins are over Evan Tanner, Igor Vovchanchyn, Mark Kerr, and Cheick Kongo.

He parted ways with PRIDE in late 2004 because of management and payment disputes.

New Year's Eve Kiss

Herring was involved in a memorable MMA moment on December 31, 2005 during K-1's Dynamite 2005 show. During the pre-fight staredown, his opponent, Yoshihiro Nakao, leaned in and kissed him on the lips. Herring reacted, delivering a right hook to the jaw of Nakao, knocking him out cold. Herring was immediately disqualified and Nakao was carried from the ring. Shortly thereafter, Nakao's cornermen attacked Herring and a brief melee ensued. The fight result has since been changed by K-1 from a disqualification loss for Herring to a no contest, as K-1 judges ruled that Nakao's kiss and Herring's subsequent knockout punch were both fouls.

Transition to the UFC

Herring was long suspected to be an acquisition of the UFC's purchase of the World Fighting Alliance. Herring had signed a contract with the WFA in 2006, and it was soon confirmed that he had become integrated into the UFC roster following the WFA buyout. He lost to Jake O'Brien via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 8 in his UFC debut.

On Saturday, April 7 2007, at UFC 69 Heath faced off against The Ultimate Fighter 2 heavyweight finalist Brad Imes. Herring won the match by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.

At UFC 73, Herring lost via unanimous decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, despite the fact he had landed a left high kick to Nogueira's head late in the first round dropping Nogueira. Nogueira was sent to the ground visibly stunned and Herring tried to finish but Nogueira was able to block Herring's punches on the ground. Herring stood up shortly after trying to finish the fight respecting the better ground fighter between the two and beckoned Nogueira to stand as well. The referee motioned Noguiera to stand up after the brief flurry on the ground, giving Herring the advantage but Herring was not able to finish the fight in the first round. Nogueira then controlled the action for the next two rounds with Herring backing away constantly.

At UFC 82 Heath put on what many believe was his best performance to date in the octagon , winning a three round split-decision against rising contender Cheick Kongo, the fight surprised many by taking place mostly on the ground while both are considered strikers they both showed vastly improving ground game. After the fight Heath said he wasn't happy with the fight, he wanted to give the fans a stand-up fight and Kongo refused to stand with him. Herring also said after the fight that he did not even train at all for the ground game.

Herring fought Brock Lesnar at UFC 87 after Mark Coleman was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. The fight went the full 3 rounds and Lesnar was declared winner by unanimous decision. Herring was seen struggling with the larger, physically more dominant opponent, and was knocked down early in the first round with a straight right. According to Heath Herring's official Facebook profile in a note titled "6 Months To Rest", Herring claims to have suffered a broken orbital bone from the first punch of the fight and is expected to be out of action for six months.

MMA record

28 Wins 14 Losses
Date Outcome Record Opponent Method Event Round, Time Notes
08/09/2008 Loss 28-14-0-1 Brock Lesnar Decision (Unanimous) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 3, 5:00
03/01/2008 Win 28-13-0-1 Cheick Kongo Decision (Split) UFC 82: Pride of a Champion 3, 5:00
7/7/2007 Loss 27-13-0-1 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) UFC 73: Stacked 3, 5:00
4/7/2007 Win 27-12-0-1 Brad Imes Decision (Unanimous) UFC 69: Shootout 3, 5:00
01/25/2007 Loss 26-12-0-1 Jake O'Brien Decision (Unanimous) UFC Fight Night 8 3, 5:00
03/15/2006 Win 26-11-0-1 Gary Goodridge TKO (Punches) K-1 Heroes 4 2, 1:55
12/31/2005 No Contest 25-11-0-1 Yoshihiro Nakao No Contest (Both committed fouls) K-1 Dynamite 2005 Pre Fight
3/26/2005 Loss 25-11 Sam Greco TKO (Knee Injury) K-1-Hero's 1 1, 2:24
10/21/2004 Win 25-10 Hirotaka Yokoi KO (Knees) PRIDE 28 1, 1:55
6/20/2004 Loss 24-10 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Submission (Anaconda Choke) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 2, 0:30
4/25/2004 Win 24-9 Yoshiki Takahashi TKO (Ref Stoppage) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 1, 4:53
2/1/2004 Win 23-9 Gan McGee Decision PRIDE 27 3, 5:00
12/31/2003 Win 22-9 Giant Silva Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 3, 0:35
11/9/2003 Win 21-9 Yoshihisa Yamamoto Submission (Choke) PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 3, 2:29
6/8/2003 Loss 20-9 Mirko Filipovic TKO (Strikes) PRIDE 26 1, 3:17
11/24/2002 Loss 20-8 Fedor Emelianenko TKO (Doctor Stoppage) PRIDE 23 1, 10:00
9/29/2002 Win 20-7 Iouri Kotchkine TKO (Knees) PRIDE 22 1, 7:31
2/24/2002 Win 19-7 Igor Vovchanchyn Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 19 3, 5:00
11/03/2001 Loss 18-7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 17, +93kg Title Match 3, 5:00
7/29/2001 Win 18-6 Mark Kerr TKO (Knees) PRIDE 15 2, 4:56
5/27/2001 Loss 17-6 Vitor Belfort Decision PRIDE 14 3, 5:00
3/25/2001 Win 17-5 Denis Sobolev Submission (Keylock) PRIDE 13 1, :22
12/9/2000 Win 16-5 Enson Inoue TKO (Strikes) PRIDE 12 1, 4:52
10/31/2000 Win 15-5 Tom Erikson Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PRIDE 11 1, 6:17
6/4/2000 Win 14-5 Willie Peeters Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PRIDE 9 1, 0:48
4/29/2000 Loss 13-5 Ramazan Mezhidov TKO (Cut) IAFC-Pankration World Championship 2000 Day 2 1, 4:55
3/5/2000 Win 13-4 Rene Rooze DQ (Excessive Fouling) 2H2H 1-2 Hot 2 Handle 1, 3:20
9/27/1999 Win 12-4 Bob Schrijber TKO (Punches) WVC 9-World Vale Tudo Championship 9 1, 2:19
9/27/1999 Win 11-4 Sean McCully Submission (Kimura) WVC 9-World Vale Tudo Championship 9 1, 0:43
9/27/1999 Win 10-4 Michael Tielrooy Submission (Keylock) WVC 9-World Vale Tudo Championship 9 1, 1:14
9/7/1999 Loss 9-4 Bobby Hoffman Decision (Unanimous) SB 13-SuperBrawl 13 2, 5:00
9/7/1999 Win 9-3 Rocky Batastini Submission (Rear Naked Choke) SB 13-SuperBrawl 13 1, 1:00
7/1/1999 Loss 8-3 Alexandre Ferreira Decision WVC 8-World Vale Tudo Championship 8 1, 30:00
7/1/1999 Win 8-2 Kavkaz Soultanmagomedov Submission (Punches) WVC 8-World Vale Tudo Championship 8 1, 1:18
7/1/1999 Win 7-2 Erwin van den Steen Submission (Punches) WVC 8-World Vale Tudo Championship 8 1, 4:33
6/1/1999 Win 6-2 Gabe Beauperthy Submission (Armlock) BRI 3-Bas Rutten Invitational 3 1, 4:43
6/1/1999 Win 5-2 Hoss Carter Submission (Keylock) BRI 3-Bas Rutten Invitational 3 1, 1:07
5/15/1999 Loss 4-2 Travis Fulton Decision EC 24-Extreme Challenge 24 1, 12:00
4/17/1999 Win 4-1 Phil Deason Submission (Keylock) WVF-Durango 1, 0:13
4/17/1999 Win 3-1 Nik Bickle Submission (Strikes) WVF-Durango 1, 0:32
11/22/1997 Win 2-1 Evan Tanner Submission (Rear Naked Choke) PSDA: PSDA 1, 8:20
10/18/1997 Loss 1-1 Evan Tanner Verbal Submission (Exhaustion) USWF 7: Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 7 1, 6:19
4/12/1997 Win 1-0 Chris Guillen Submission (Rear Naked Choke) USWF 4-Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 4 1, 6:19


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