Heath Herring Speaks Out Against UFC Fighter Pay

Brock Herring

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.


  1. crynot

    February 15, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I agree. Dana is a shark! He's all business and so far it's worked for their corporation. As long as people are still willing to fight for that kind of cash – their not going to change a thing.

    It'd be interesting to see an across the board fighter strike – but there are too many hungry fighters out there who care too much about the fame to do such a thing.

  2. fabio

    February 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

    crynot your right cain wins the fight with kongo he fight rotwell he wins he fight nog

    mir wins the kongo fight he's one fight away from the title

    you think if kongo kod mir he will get a shot at carwin


  3. Muay Thai

    February 15, 2010 at 4:50 am

    I don't care if the fighters don't make anything as long as they entertain me. I could care less what they make. I'm a Dana fan also because he provides me with awesome fights and I watch them. I say if they don't like what they get paid to go elsewhere. But I could truthfully care less what they make. As long I continue to see good fights in the UFC I will be a Dana White fan.

  4. CobraClutch

    February 15, 2010 at 6:38 am

    If Dana gave a Ferrari to every fighter he'd be broke. You get paid for how much you brings fans to the PPV.

    40k to be on a multi-million dollar PPV is irrelevant. Dana's making a grip of cash, but it's not just on the PPV. The events cost money to market, produce, and pay the people working for Zuffa. Yes, Dana is rich, but he owns the damn company and built it up from near-bankruptcy to what it is today. If you believe in capitalism he SHOULD be rich for what he did in business.

    Separate but similar issue: I think it's funny when I hear right-wingers complain about the Yankees buying championships, and people like Dana being so rich but paying the fighters so little. That's capitalism for ya. If you want everything to be fair and equal pay, then you're actually more of a socialist than you think you are. But…that's another topic.

    In summation: Yes, I think the fighters should be paid a little more. But not Herring. I'm talking the under card fighters who make like 3k. And health insurance should be mandatory for Zuffa to cover fighters as long as they're under contract and training/fighting/punishing their bodies for the UFC. I think that's more of an issue, and I'm shocked to hear that they aren't taken care of better in regards to health care by Zuffa.

  5. StaplesKing

    February 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Wait a minute. UFC 87?

    GSP versus Fitch was the headline event. Check out the poster!


    40k for losing is not a bad deal. If he wanted more $ he should have beaten Brock. Or he could have at least put up enough of a fight for FOTN.

  6. BigJon

    February 15, 2010 at 7:35 am

    heath herring doesnt make a fortune from fighting mma because hes never been good. his claim to fame is taking a beating from the ebst in the world. awesome talent. Ge the fuck outta here!

  7. BJJ Brown Belt

    February 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I can't stand Dana but reality is that this is a business. Tito used to get on my nerves for the same thing, talking about how little they make. That can be said in any business. A worker flipping burgers or a McDonalds cashier that has to put with customers being rude make minimum wage while the franchise owners makes a lot of money. Like it or not, it is business 101. I will give Heath credit for leaving though because instead of staying around and bitching about it for 5 years like Tito did, he took off. I can't balme him for that. The reality is that $40K per year plus, endorsements, free bees, and extra money he could make as an instructor could all add up to 6 figures a year, if he was smart. But if all you want is to make 6 figures off the UFC, then you better be a champ. I liked Heath in Pride a lot but he was just not effective in the UFC. He was what, 1 – 3..so he can't expect to make that much with that record. Guys have been cut for 2 losses, let alone 3. He made the right decision because he was a big guy that fought like a little guy and that style does not cut against the UFC wrestlers/submission guys. He was able to get away with it in Pride due to the different rules but not in the cage.

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