UFC Quick Quote: Winning means everything inside the Octagon

heath herring

"In Pride, I used to take fights on 10-day notice, one-week notice. And as long as you went out and put on a good show, you were fine. You’d be back next time. UFC’s a little different. And I think the drawback of that is that sometimes you get really boring fights. You have guys that are worried about winning; they’re not really worried about putting on a show. I think you’ve seen that in the last couple of events in the UFC, and that’s the double-edged sword.... It’s a lot of added pressure and stress. I think the most important thing is to go out there and put on a good show. There’s other organizations out there, other promotions out there. I think at the end of the day, even if the UFC was to cut me, I’ll go back to Japan or find somewhere else. Worse things have happened."

-- Former Pride FC star and current UFC heavyweight, Heath Herring, talks to MMAWeekly.com about the importance that fighters place on winning inside the Octagon ... even if it means fighting careful and not putting on exciting matches. His promotional debut against Jake O'Brien in 2007 is a prime example. "The Texas Crazy Horse" has struggled since that time, winning just two of five fights with the organization. His next fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 99: "The Comeback" in Cologne, Germany, on June 13 is more than likely a "do or die" situation, but he doesn't seem to concerned about his future -- there are other options beyond the eight-walled cage.Then again, fighters such as Clay Guida, Patrick Cote, Chris Leben, Alessio Sakara and Chris Lytle, to name just a few, have all struggled at times in their careers and still been invited back because of their styles. Where should the UFC draw the line?

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