(Greg Nagy, previously known as ‘TBA’.)
If you search the internet in an attempt to learn something about Greg Nagy, you will learn that he’s either a professor of Classics at Harvard who knows everything there is to know about archaic Greek poetry, or else he’s the 1-1 heavyweight tapped to face former NFL player Herschel Walker in his MMA debut at Strikeforce: Miami. We’re more interested in the second guy, though all we know about him so far is that he started his pro career in 2009 and is coming off a loss. In other words, Strikeforce isn’t bringing him in because they necessarily think he has a bright future in their heavyweight division.
Talking to MMAFighting.com, Nagy recited the typical here-to-make-a-name-for-myself script, but it was the comments from his trainer, Roland Sarria, the man who recommended him for this fight, that were more telling:
"They’re roughly the same size so I thought it was a good fit," said Sarria, who also runs the Rage in the Cage Training Center where Nagy trains. "You can’t put [Walker] in with Fedor [Emelianenko], right? Greg is 1-1, he’s a good-looking kid. I’d say he’s a bit more advanced than Herschel, but not by much. I thought it was a good matchup."
"Listen, in terms of athleticism, there’s no comparison. Even at 47, Herschel’s a tremendous athlete. But Greg’s fearless. I don’t know why, but our gym breeds these kinds of guys. They have no fear. At that age, they think they can walk through steel and bullets."
So, to recap what you’re saying here, Roland:
– You think this is a good fight because both guys are similar in size and your guy is no Fedor.
– He is, however, a good-looking kid.
– He’s got a little edge in MMA experience over Walker, but just barely.
– He’s not as athletic as Walker. Not even close.
– But he’s young and ignorant enough to think he can do anything.
Does that about sum it up? And this is the guy who should, ideally, be Nagy’s biggest cheerleader. Couldn’t he at least pretend that he really thinks his fighter is going to win this?