Nickname Texas Crazy Horse
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 259 lb (117 kg/18.5 st)
Born March 2, 1978 (1978-03-02)
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Town of birth Amarillo, Texas
Team/Association Las Vegas Combat Club
Fighting style Sambo, Kickboxing
Mixed martial arts record
By submission 16
No contests 1
Heath "The Texas Crazy Horse" Herring (born March 2, 1978 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American professional mixed martial artist who attained popularity fighting for PRIDE FC in Japan and now fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.
Herring is known for unique hairstyles and colors as well as wearing a cowboy hat and trench 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.
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 Igor Vovchanchyn and Mark Kerr.
He parted ways with PRIDE in late 2004 because of management and payment disputes.
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.
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, Herring is scheduled to fight Cheick Kongo.