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Greg Nagy’s Trainer Doesn’t Sound Terribly Optimistic About His Chances Against Herschel Walker

(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, 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? 

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Prime- January 20, 2010 at 8:46 am
Roland Sarria is a Douche Bag! What a joke.
Hulk Smash- January 20, 2010 at 6:43 am
@ Smitty - I understand your point, but let me ask you this: I've been playing football for 25 years. Does that mean the NFL should give me a place in a game because I'm already famous for, say, BJJ? Does that make any sense?
Do you think that someone should be looking out for my health and well being, considering that I may be seriously injured, paralyzed or killed by competing against the elite professionals of the sport while I, at 47 am still pretty fit and have always loved the game? That's the picture here, and I agree with others who state what Walker (and Strikeforce) is just cashing in on his name.
We all know that if Walker went up against what we could agree is a real opponent, he'd get destroyed. So, why bother at all, other than to put on a freakshow in order to sell some tickets? This is a joke that demeans serious MMA everywhere.
Lysol- January 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm
I hope Nagy gets a KO victory just so I could hear his trainer talk about how he was the only guy on Earth who never doubted him.
Smitty- January 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm
First of all, I think Walker is going to surprise a lot of you "crap talkers" (I couldnt' cuss cause my daughters are lookin over my shoulder as I type). He didn't pick his opponent. He also said himself, he knows that he will never be a champion. He has been in martial arts for 30 years, and is a big fan of MMA. What's wrong with him testing himself in the sport.
No one made fun of the pale, tall, Tim Robbins lookin, writer that wanted to test himself in the sport. You guys were all for the dude with no arms and legs gettin in the cage so, why all the hate for Hershel?????
just some dong- January 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Greg "TBA" Nagy... heh-heee!
BuckWild- January 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Who's going to start MMA next ? Mr T ? oh wait.. he's already in MMA!
BuckWild- January 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm
I think it would be hilarious if This guy KO's Walker !

shitbag- January 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Don Zimmer was unavailable?
El Guapo- January 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Herschel should fight Bonaduce. Or Screech. Ooohhh, or Kramer!! F'k it... Fight all three of them. Same night.

Actually, naaa. Herschel's a beast. He should be fighting a "real" fighter. By real, I mean somebody that has actually fights and has a trainer. Not somebody who does bicep curls/poses in the mirror for an hour and calls it a day. Should be fun while it lasts.
meanfinger- January 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm
its not that they are crossing over.. its that they have such a big name for themselves, that their name alone can sell their product. so if they want more money, and feelin lucky like herschel.. why not?

and i think strikeforce is just cashin in on this, its not like they plan on makin a over 40 championship.. they are simply cashin in on this while playin the role of make-a-wish foundation..
GEE-yuh-TEEN- January 19, 2010 at 11:51 am
Herschel Walker should fight his other personality. If he did, I'd put $100 -cash money- on Walker by TKO.
portland mma- January 19, 2010 at 11:47 am
I kind of agree GetupandKill, except if an actor fails at singing its not that fun to watch, celebrities getting the shit kicked out of them is.
Levi Jones- January 19, 2010 at 11:40 am
Oh no. He's trained by Roland Sarria? The same Roland Sarria that claimed he got his black belt from God? At least Strikeforce knows how to find chumps.
GetUpAndKill- January 19, 2010 at 11:39 am
This crossover MMA shit is starting to piss me off. It's like actors and actresses pursuing singing careers, it rarely works.

I really hope TBA beats that old man.
J-Dog- January 19, 2010 at 11:37 am
I wonder if the oddsmakers will read this and make Walker the favorite.

There's nothing like bringing in an old ass washed up football player and feeding him to an inexperienced can whose corner doesn't even believe in him.... Strikeforce is really giving DW fuel for his "they are just a local show" fire with this move. This is so county fair-ish. At least Jose Canseco had to fight a real pro fighter who belonged on the card. They should make Walker get his ass handed to him by a real Strikeforce-caliber fighter.... that is, unless Strikeforce wants to be just a local show....
831 Son- January 19, 2010 at 11:20 am
Strikeforce always gives their big names easy ass fights with no names. Typical bitch-assness.
UFC fan- January 19, 2010 at 11:14 am
Damn Ben I didn't know you had a big twin brother.
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 19, 2010 at 11:14 am
I can't believe Herschel is fighting a Harvard professor!!!