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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
28-13-0 1-1-0

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

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

Cheick Kongo
27-13-0 11-3-1

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 | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
27-12-0 29-4-1

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brad Imes
26-12-0 6-2-0

UFC 69: Shootout
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

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

Jake O'Brien
26-11-0 9-0-0

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:55 Round 2 of 3, 6:55 Total

Gary Goodridge
25-11-0 21-14-1

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
25-10-0 0-1-1

K-1: HERO'S 1
Main Card

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

Hirotaka Yokoi
24-10-0 10-1-0

Pride 28: High Octane
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
24-9-0 22-2-1

Pride Critical Countdown 2004
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

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

Kazuo Takahashi
23-9-0 26-17-3

Pride Total Elimination 2004
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

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

Gan McGee
22-9-0 12-2-0

Pride 27: Inferno
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Paulo Cesar Silva
21-9-0 0-0-0

Pride Shockwave 2003
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

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

Yoshihisa Yamamoto
20-9-0 14-15-1

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
20-8-0 4-0-2

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
20-7-0 11-1-0

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
19-7-0 6-2-1

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

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

Igor Vovchanchyn
18-7-0 47-5-1

Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
18-6-0 13-1-1

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

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

Mark Kerr
17-6-0 13-2-0

Pride 15: Raging Rumble
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Vitor Belfort
17-5-0 9-2-0

Pride 14: Clash of the Titans
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Denis Sobolev
16-5-0 1-1-0

Pride 13: Collision Course
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Enson Inoue
15-5-0 10-5-0

Pride 12: Cold Fury
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Tom Erikson
14-5-0 7-0-1

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

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

Willie Peeters
13-5-0 9-9-1

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

Netherlands Regional

2000.03.05
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Sean McCully

Cuba Regional

1999.09.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Bob Schrijber

Cuba Regional

1999.09.27
Win | Submission | Armlock

Michael Tielrooy

Cuba Regional

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

Cuba Regional

1999.07.01
Win | Submission | Punches

Erwin van den Steen

Cuba Regional

1999.07.01
Loss | Decision | Split

Alexandre Ferreira

Cuba Regional

1999.07.01
Win | Submission | Armlock

Gabe Beauperthy

Colorado Regional

1999.06.01
Win | Submission | Armlock

Hoss Carter

Colorado Regional

1999.06.01
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Travis Fulton

Extreme Challenge

1999.05.15
Win | Submission | Strikes

Nik Bickle

Colorado Regional

1999.04.17
Win | Submission | Armlock

Phil Deason

Colorado Regional

1999.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Evan Tanner

Texas Regional

1997.11.22
Loss | Submission

Evan Tanner

Texas Regional

1997.10.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Chris Guillen

Texas Regional

1997.04.12

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