All is well with Heath “The Texas Crazy Horse” Herring months after he was forced to withdraw from a co-main event bout with Cain Velasquez at UFC 99 in June. So well, in fact, he’s not looking at a return to the cage until the New Year.
“I’ve told the UFC don’t even worry about it until next year,” he said Friday.
Violently ill with pneumonia symptoms, Herring said he was completely unable to train for Velasquez in the home stretch of his camp and had no choice but to pass up the fight with the American Kickboxing Academy standout.
Herring suffers from asthma and said the illness worsened the condition. Worse yet, he couldn’t use his inhaler because its active ingredients would have flagged him for illegal substances per Nevada State Athletic Commission based statutes.
So why is he so relaxed about his time off? Hollywood, babe.
Herring’s appearance in the MMA movie “Never Surrender” got the attention of the film’s producers, who hired him for an untitled horror movie, which he recently wrapped. He plays a gang leader that gets eaten by monsters.
Herring says he may fly south of the equator to Columbia to play a boxer in an action movie filming in early September.
In the meantime, he’s working on a restaurant, The Tilted Kilt, of which he is a partial owner.
Herring says his Texas roots made him a lock for UFC 103, but his other hobbies got in the way. And he’s just fine with that.
“I’ve got to take advantage of this while I can,” said Herring.