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On Eve of Second MMA Fight, Herschel Walker Still Making Outlandish Claims About Pretty Much Everything

(Apologies if the vid takes awhile to load. You try squeezing all of Walker’s BS in to a simple embed code. VidProps: Shoot Media)

We’ve been pretty studiously ignoring Herschel Walker since his bout with Scott Carson got postponed back in November. Somewhere along the way we just got tired of the guy’s running patter. Even last week when the mainstream media grabbed hold of his offhand comment about trying to make a comeback to the NFL when he turns 50 and trumpeted it from the rooftops like it was some kind of actual news, we turned a deaf ear. For our money, 48-year-old dude wants to fight? No big deal. He’s semi-famous, so we gotta put him on the main card? We get it. For real though, the fact that Strikeforce has to go out and sign no-name opponents for the express purpose of getting beat up by Herschel Walker in 220-pound catchweight fights pretty much says it all about the legitimacy of his MMA career.

However, this latest video from the good people at Shoot Media – who in all honesty do pretty great work – sparked our interest. Mostly because it successfully falls in line with the standard Rich-Athlete-Makes-Sacrifices-to-Pursue-his-True-Passion clichés while still giving us a nod and a wink about what an odd, odd man we’re dealing with here. Among other dubious claims made in this vid, Walker says he was just a fat kid with a speech impediment from small town Georgia that no one thought would amount to squat. You know, until it turned out he was one of the greatest natural athletes of all time, rushed for over 3,000 yards in high school, became a national prep scholar-athlete of the year and went on to become maybe the greatest college running back in history. Still, those early years were pretty touch-and-go.

Other things we learn about Walker here include that despite being a mega-rich former NFL star and an “extremely successful businessman” he prefers to live in a simple hotel room while training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose (My God, a hotel room! Can you imagine?). This, we gather, saves a few pennies that he can put toward his favorite hobby (err, favorite hobby besides MMA): Collecting cars. Walker estimates that he owns “about 63” cars, though he “might be getting another car soon, you never know.”

His favorite ride right now? His tricked-out Mini Cooper. See, we told you he was weird.

The hotel also offers Walker a soothing backdrop in which to perform his ongoing regimen of hundreds of pushups and hundreds/thousands of sit-ups every day. These old-fashioned exercises, we assume, bolster his recent contention that he can still run the 40 at sub-4.5 speeds. Also, the smell must be enchanting.

He’ll need that 4.4 speed when he decides to make that mythical comeback to the NFL we were talking about. Of course, Walker has also publicly claimed to have split personality disorder and to only eat one meal a day (former teammates have called bullshit on both), so who knows what to believe from this guy?

Whatever the truth, it sounds like Scott Carson should be thankful he’s going to face Walker in competition he could actually win this weekend. If the two were going to square off in a pushup contest, we wager Carson would be straight fucked.

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k-onda- January 29, 2011 at 5:21 am
This guy has maintained the same daily regimen for almost 40 years, namely thousands of push-ups and sit-ups a day. That's sick. My neighbor eats about a thousand potato chips a day - he doesn't have a heisman trophy.
myklhoey- January 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm
ya man that fuckin video woke up the baby, i hate that type of shit,
i dont no if thats what you were talkin about,
Smitty- January 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm
You guys kill me! What difference does it make how he grew up or what he has now or what he says in interviews or how many cars he has? He's forty-gotdamn-eight, about to have his second MMA fight. He is trying the sport out to test himself, and is training at a very serious camp. Win or lose, he's accomplished more just in THIS sport than all of us put together.
RwilsonR- January 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm
^^^ It's been annoying the shit out of me everytime I reload CP today!!!
qrampagej- January 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm
what's the deal with these fucking videos that play automatically??? There's a reason myspace went out of business people!
ccman- January 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm
The guys been rich for like 25 years and to be frank, almost all pro athletes are the 'come from nothing' story. It is played out and is still trying to be sold as refreshing. In walkers case he so self promotes and acts like such a tool its becoming impossible to care. His business was bought with football money, not quite the fruit stand he makes it out to be, and he is fighting absolute cans andwhether you want to hear it or not, is making modern nfl guys sound like 2nd class athletes bby his could start anywhere b.s. (actually I appreciate that though would be better if was nba.)

What's worse is he just rambles like a bum in a park but gets media while real fighters do not. I have put him in a basket with tooney and do not see him escaping that.
blackboxmma- January 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm
where is bo jackson when you need him.
RwilsonR- January 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm
I have actually always liked Herschel since I was a kid. I thought it was cool when I'd read shit in Sports Illustrated about how he was a 4th degree BB in TKD, back when I believed I was pretty badass for breaking a couple of boards in my TKD class. I think he is serious about mma, but he has always been a strange dude. He has always talked about how he only eats once a day, and it is a salad. I just don't get how he can keep up his calorie count that way, but whatev. He is just a strange dude.

@ myklhoey - I wouldn't mind seeing Walker fight Bobby Lashley. Lashley would obvously be able to outwrestle him and muscle him around, but Walker would have the endurance on him. I wouldn't pay for that fight, though.
myklhoey- January 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm
herschal has agreed to donate one of his cars to mr.diaz after the show.
and why the hell is everyone sayin this is a hand out to walker, i mean carson has every chance of repeatin his 2001 victory over one of the biggest prospects of early mma, haubrick was a beast on the monkey bars.
i mean how much shit can change in 11 years. i think a comeback is in the wake.
for real tho, i give crops to walker, who for mma standards is old, and who knows he may have done good had he started when he was a lad, i hope he does well,
if he wins next fight will eatha be batista or lashley
Lysol- January 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Okay, I realize that everyone loves a "came from nothing and became something" story, but if you came from a decent life and try to make it out like you came from such a rough life, you sound like a dickhead. Especially when you have over sixty cars and still try to come off as an average guy living an average life just because you live in a hotel room.
Smitty- January 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Go head haters. Hate on the dude that despite how weird you may find him to be, his accomplishments can't be denied. Including him trying his hand at MMA. I remember some tall, lanky, pasty white, reporter, and a dude with no arms and legs, that was trying their hand (no pun intended) at MMA, and most of you were all, "hey, at least they have the balls to give it a shot". Where is that respect for one of the best athletes of our generation???
That frozen turd shit was pretty funny though!
RwilsonR- January 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Is the voice-over guy in that video that bum with the golden voice?
ccman- January 28, 2011 at 11:35 am
This might be the only bigger circus freak show to ever top kimbo. I'm just not old enough to actually be a fan of this fuckstick.
Sniffer-Piffits- January 28, 2011 at 11:18 am
I've read anything more disturbing than those turd comments..... shhh... say it slower....
SumDumGuy- January 28, 2011 at 11:08 am
Where is the write up of Nick Diaz's fantastic interview with the CP sister site (MMA NEWS)...
RwilsonR- January 28, 2011 at 11:04 am
Did I misunderstand him, or did he name his cars David and Nate?
RSparrow- January 28, 2011 at 10:59 am
Do you think he makes the hookers watch highschool football highlights while he jabs em with those things?
Fried Taco- January 28, 2011 at 10:56 am
True fact: they use his poop sweat to make chocolate. That's why it's called Hersheys.
shitbag- January 28, 2011 at 10:56 am
I LOVE banging dead hookers with frozen turds!
Kid Clam Curtains- January 28, 2011 at 10:40 am
He seems like a nice enough guy but I wouldn't be surprised to hear he freezes his turds and uses them to bang dead hookers with.