Published reports have circulated on the Internet within the last 24 hours claiming that heavyweight Heath Herring is set to return to action at UFC 97 on April 18 in Montreal, Canada.
In response to the news, FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted Herring’s management via e-mail and received a response that contradicts the new series of reports.
“Heath is not fighting in UFC 97,” wrote Herring’s attorney, Raffi Nahabedian.
Herring, 28-14, last competed in August at UFC 87, losing a unanimous decision to current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
The defeat dropped Herring’s lifetime record inside the Octagon to 2-3 with notable wins over Cheick Kongo and Brad Imes and losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Jake O’Brien in addition to Lesnar.