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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
  • Gym/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

Professional 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
Antonio 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
Antonio 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
Antonio 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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