Former UFC contender Heath Herring has a lot to say about the UFC following his departure from the sport to pursue various acting roles.
“I’m trying to make money for myself, feed my family, and these guys are trying to do everything they can to make it impossible for me … with the way the UFC’s pay scale and as much as it costs me to get ready for a fight … At the end of the day I made like 40 grand.”
“If I was getting a little more money and it was worth my while I’d get back into fighting … but right now I’m making more in movies. I’ve got to look out for number one as far as that goes.”
“These guys are literally making money off our blood, sweat and tears. We don’t get any health insurance. If you get hurt training for a fight, you’re screwed. It’s really kind of crazy … Dana White’s got six Ferraris. Hell, I just want one.” [Fanhouse]
Herring makes a good point about only netting 40k for headlining a multi-million dollar PPV.