by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
It’s been seven long years since MMA veteran Heath “Texas Crazy Horse” Herring fought on his native US soil. Not since Superbrawl 13 has Herring known what it was like to fight in front of an American crowd, but that’s about to change.

As Heath himself told exclusively to MMAWeekly, “I just signed with the WFA. It’s a four-fight, sixteen-month contract and my first fight is December 9th at the Aladdin Casino.”

Herring added, “I don’t have an opponent yet, but I’m just happy to be able to say I have a fight again. It’s been seven months since my last fight so I’m excited and I can’t wait [to fight again.]”

After spending the last few years fighting in PRIDE and later K-1, Heath is also happy to be returning home for the next chapter in his fighting career with the WFA.

“I’m really excited to work with these guys,” exclaimed Heath. “They seem like they’re really pushing the company hard, they’ve got really good investors behind them, and their last show was a pretty good show, so I’m really looking forward to working with them.”

Herring’s familiarity with not only the fighters, but the people involved behind the scenes with the WFA helped persuade him to sign with the promotion over possibly heading somewhere else.

“I actually called Quinton [Jackson] up and asked him about these guys. He said they were good guys, so that helped,” explained Heath.

“I know Jeremy Lappen, who is CEO of the company, and I think there are some intelligent people behind the company that know what they are doing. There’s also some major players involved so it looks like a good deal,” added Herring.

Of course it doesn’t hurt to know that some of Heath’s family, friends and American fans from his native Texas could be headed up to see him fight in person for the first time in years.

“There’s going to be a bunch of Southwest flights coming up full with a bunch of rednecks,” concluded Herring with a chuckle. “It’ll be fun; I’m looking forward to it, cowboy hats and air horns [in the crowd] probably.”