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"The Texas Crazy Horse"

28-14-0

Heath Herring

Heath "The Texas Crazy Horse" Herring

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  • Name: Heath Herring
  • Professional MMA Record: 28-14-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Texas Crazy Horse
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1978.03.02
  • Last Fight: August 09, 2008 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Las Vegas Combat Club
  • Height: 6'4" (194cm) | Reach: 78.0" (198cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $216,000 USD
  • Born: Waco, Texas, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Facebook  |  Official Site

Heath Herring Wiki Update Wiki

Heath Herring is a colorful veteran MMA fighter who has fought many of the sport’s biggest names during a long career in Pride and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko "Crocop" and others. Known as “The Texas Crazy Horse,” the Waco, Texas native is known to display tremendous passion and fire inside the ring. He is equally well known for gutting out tough contests and refusing to quit even after heavy beatings. For that reason, and perhaps because of his tendency to beat those fighters he is “expected” to beat but lose to those fighters in the upper echelons of the sport, Herring has assumed a gatekeeper role for the heavyweight division in recent years. Such a role makes sense as Herring guarantees a stiff test for any up-and-coming prospect, and as shown in wins over Cheick Kongo and Brad Imes in recent years, he can be a dangerous fighter to overlook.


Early on in his Pride career, Herring showed an interesting tendency to get “fired up” on a referee restart on the feet after being held down on the ground, and then, uncannily, finish the fight aggressively and decisively moments later. He did so more than once, including against Tom “Big Cat” Erikson in 2000. Herring is also remembered for his powerful knee strikes to the head in Pride, which finished more than one fight in his favor, and were a major loss to his arsenal when he entered the UFC, where such strikes are banned. “The Texas Crazy Horse” is also known for the wild hair style and color combinations he sports in the cage, and for entering the Octagon in cowboy hat and bowler.


Herring was involved in one of the most bizarre incidents in MMA history in the cage prior to his scheduled fight with Yoshihiro Nakao at K-1’s 2005 Dynamite!! year end show. As the two men approached the center of the ring for their pre-fight staredown, Nakao leaned forward and kissed Herring on the lips. Herring, in return, punched Nakao square on the jaw, knocking him out cold. After some deliberation, the fight was ruled a No-Contest.

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Heath Herring MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Cain Velasquez UFC 99 2009.06.13
Reason: Herring Illness
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brock Lesnar
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 87: Seek and Destroy
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.08.09
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cheick Kongo
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.03.01
Odds: +150 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 248.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 73: Stacked
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.07.07
Odds: +450 Heavy Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Base | Weigh-In: 259.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brad Imes
Ref: Kerry Hatley

UFC 69: Shootout
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.04.07
Odds: -265 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 245.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jake O'Brien
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC Fight Night 8: Evans vs Salmon
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.01.25
Odds: -450 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 Base | Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:55 Round 2 of 3, 6:55 Total

Gary Goodridge

K-1 : HERO'S 4
Main Card

2006.03.15
No Contest

Yoshihiro Nakao

K-1

2005.12.31
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
2:24 Round 1 of 3

Sam Greco

K-1 : HERO'S 1
Main Card

2005.03.26
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Hirotaka Yokoi
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride 28: High Octane
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.10.31
Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:30 Round 2 of 2, 10:30 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Critical Countdown 2004
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2004.06.20
Odds: +400 Heavy Underdog | Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs
#71 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:53 Round 1 of 2

Kazuo Takahashi
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Total Elimination 2004
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2004.04.25
Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Gan McGee

Pride 27: Inferno
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.02.01
Win | Submission | Choke
0:35 Round 3 of 3, 15:35 Total

Paulo Cesar Silva
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Shockwave 2003
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2003.12.31
Weigh-In: 253.6 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
2:29 Round 3 of 3, 17:29 Total

Yoshihisa Yamamoto

Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.11.09
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:17 Round 1 of 3

Mirko Filipovic

Pride 26: Bad to the Bone
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.06.08
Odds: +128 Slight Underdog
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
10:00 Round 1 of 3

Fedor Emelianenko

Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.11.24
Odds: -180 Slight Favorite
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
7:31 Round 1 of 3

Yuriy Kochkine

Pride 22: Beasts From the East 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.09.29
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Igor Vovchanchyn
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.02.24
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 17: Championship Chaos
Main Card | Vacant Title | Heavyweight

2001.11.03
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
4:56 Round 2 of 3, 14:56 Total

Mark Kerr

Pride 15: Raging Rumble
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.07.29
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Vitor Belfort

Pride 14: Clash of the Titans
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.05.27
Win | Submission | Armlock
0:22 Round 1 of 3

Denis Sobolev

Pride 13: Collision Course
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.03.25
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
4:52 Round 1 of 3

Enson Inoue

Pride 12: Cold Fury
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.12.09
Win | Submission | Choke
6:17 Round 1 of 3

Tom Erikson

Pride 11: Battle of the Rising Sun
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.10.31
Win | Submission | Choke
0:48 Round 1 of 3

Willie Peeters

Pride 9
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.06.04
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury

Ramazan Mezhidov

International Absolute Fighting Council

2000.04.29
Win | Disqualificaton

Rene Rooze

2H2H 1

2000.03.05
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Sean McCully

WVC 9

1999.09.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Bob Schrijber

WVC 9

1999.09.27
Win | Submission | Armlock

Michael Tielrooy

WVC 9

1999.09.27
Win | Submission | Choke

Rocky Batastini

Icon Sport

1999.09.07
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Bobby Hoffman

Icon Sport

1999.09.07
Win | Submission | Punches

Kavkaz Sultanmagomedov

WVC 8

1999.07.01
Win | Submission | Punches

Erwin van den Steen

WVC 8

1999.07.01
Loss | Decision | Split

Alexandre Ferreira

WVC 8

1999.07.01
Win | Submission | Armlock

Gabe Beauperthy

BRI 3

1999.06.01
Win | Submission | Armlock

Hoss Carter

BRI 3

1999.06.01
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Travis Fulton

Extreme Challenge

1999.05.15
Win | Submission | Strikes

Nik Bickle

WVF

1999.04.17
Win | Submission | Armlock

Phil Deason

WVF

1999.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Evan Tanner

PSDA

1997.11.22
Loss | Submission

Evan Tanner

USWF 7

1997.10.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Chris Guillen

USWF 4

1997.04.12

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