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Heath Herring not ruling out a return to MMA

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Heath Herring hasn’t fought since since UFC 87 in 2008, but he’s not ruling out a potential return to MMA.

In an interview with Sherdog.com, Herring denied that he’s officially retired. At 37 years old, he’s not ready to rule out a return.

“It is something I’m considering,” he said. “Like anything else in life you’ve got to move on. I’ve moved on and done some things. Obviously fighting and training is something that I do every day. I’m not in the game. For me, I know what it takes to compete at the top level. That’s something if you’re really gonna be serious with, you have to dedicate 100 percent of your time to doing it. No, I am not in that situation at all at this point.”

Rather than retiring or fighting again after his loss to Brock Lesnar in 2008, he waited for his contract to expire.

“I never actually officially retired,” he said. “I did have a contract with UFC that expired in 2009. I’ve had several attorneys look at it; it’s well expired. They try to put clauses in there saying that you officially retired then your contract would end at that point. Which is why I never retired, I just wanted to let the contract run its time and expire.”

Herring is now in Japan promoting Rizin Fighting Federation’s New Years Eve event, but his commitment goes no further than that. He’s open for the idea of returning, however.

“If we go to Japan and they put a good deal on the table and… it’s good for all parties concerned and my wife seems happy with it, I’m not ruling it out by any means,” Herring said. “It would take a lot of restructuring my life to get in the position where I could be dedicated 100-percent and be in the kind of shape that not only I want to be in, but the fans paying to watch the fights deserve to have a guy show up and be prepared to fight.”

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