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Herschel Walker Says He’s Fighting to Prove a Point to All the Kids Out There

(Props: Fight Magazine)

Ever since former NFL player and Dissociative Identity Disorder sufferer Herschel Walker announced his intention to become an MMA fighter, the question that still follows him is, why? Why does a guy who’s 47 years old want to start a whole new career in a sport where hungry young bucks will be lining up to make a name for themselves by thumping on his skull? Most of the time in MMA, the answer to this question lies somewhere in the intersection of a desperate financial situation and a longing for attention. But Walker says he’s motivated by neither. He just wants to show everyone that with a lot of hard work, you can do anything.

In this case, ‘anything’ includes beating a 1-1 fighter who oddsmakers have pegged as a +250 underdog. Even Greg Nagy’s trainer isn’t so hot on his chances to beat Walker, who is, by all accounts, a very athletic, extremely hard-working gym rat. This raises the question, what will it really prove for Walker to win this fight? Is beating a handpicked opponent everyone expects him to dominate really going to prove that anything is possible?

Grizzled old-timer Don Frye says letting guys like Walker jump into the sport like this keeps people from taking MMA seriously, whereas Walker will tell you that it’s an inspirational story for all the kids out there.  The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  It’s nice to see a man chasing his dream at an age when most guys have taken to wearing fanny packs and calling the cops to complain about suspicious-looking teenagers, but it’s also not going to shock the world if Walker beats someone who was more or less brought in to lose.

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bobroode- September 14, 2011 at 8:32 am
Herschel is a phenom, They only make humans like this once every 10-15 years. 1000 pushups a day, come on.
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Clinch-Smash- January 26, 2010 at 12:56 am
Frye would have to get away from his AT&T commercial job, has anyone else seen this, it's kinda funny.
ghostboner- January 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm
@OshJosh B-Koscheck - your name is funny
RockSteady- January 25, 2010 at 8:29 pm

agentsmith Says:
Mon, 01/25/2010 - 21:41

I don't think "all the kids out there" know who the fuck Herschel Walker is.

so true
Wish StrikeForce would sign Don Frye so he could give Walker a seismic 'stache lashin
agentsmith- January 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm
I don't think "all the kids out there" know who the fuck Herschel Walker is.
peanutbuttter- January 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm
What happens when Greg Nagy wins?
itsgalf- January 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Herschel will do well enough in MMA. You might think it is a gimmick, but I watched him on Celebrity Apprentice and judging by his personality type and how he presents himself, I can tell he is taking this seriously
DazedNConfused- January 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Lesner learning ju-jitsu in his early 20's would be unfair. A man of that size and wrestling skills could just throw you down and break your arm.
DazedNConfused- January 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm
Aghh its always nice to see a 47 year old man think he's still himself at 25. I see Walker winning this, it just wont be anything amazing. What an amazing athlete he really is though. Have to give him props for taking this fight seriously and challenging himself at his age. Sometimes itd be nice to see certain people go back in time and start training at a way earlier age. Think about people like Kimbo, or Walker if put into a great camp at 22-23, and put into training. Shit even Lesner.
peckawoodd- January 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm
Don Frye would smash on that heisman-trophy winning football pretty boy any day of the week.
ghostboner- January 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm
I think Walker will probably win, it's always iffy to bet against AKA, but I bet against him. The reasoning being that his pre-historic chin will be weakened with osteoporosis and fail him on the first punch, or he might have no ground game. Since I don't know if this Nagy dude has one either, and since Walker has (in theory) had time to learn a few tricks from Kos and Fitch, I am now starting to think that it was a foolish bet.

And yes, I know that osteoporosis typically afflicts elderly, sedentary women.
meanfinger- January 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm
even lesnar's first fight wasn't against mir.. the only thing going against him is his age.. but everyone's gotta start somewhere.

but the lashley situation is a little different. he went to a decision againts jason guida, and his last fight was against bob sapp... who would u expect him to fight??
OshJosh B-Koscheck- January 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm
I don't get why every time something like this comes up, people compare it to Lesnar in the UFC. Haven't people realized by now that Lesnar is a wrestler/competitor that happened to be in the WWE...not a WWE guy that wandered his way into MMA not knowing what the hell he was getting himself into?
Nealio- January 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Walker vs Frye!!!!!
El Guapo- January 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm
So Herschel's not fighting Don Zimmer??
831 Son- January 25, 2010 at 2:06 pm
Probably Walker. But the dumb fucks original post was "Hi everyone. First?" Then he edited it to sound less idiotic. Trolling at its best.
LesnarsIntestine- January 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm
Hi everyone. First?

Id say that if Nagy hasn't been doing any work at all, he's probably going to get rolled over, but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for any huge knockouts by Walker. Probably going to be a snore. Lets hope the cat fight is better.

*edit* Troll deez nuts fuckhead. Why don't you get a name without an area code in it you twat rag.
roms15- January 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm
growing up in georgia i wanted to be Ben Affleck
ghostboner- January 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Wait, fanny packs aren't cool? Shit.

So 831, who is your pick in this fight?
skeletor- January 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm
Don Frye was right. And up until this card I thought SF was better than EXC. But the way they are handling picking opponents for Walker and Lashley it's obvious that they are not. Granted Walker's fight is for charity and he shouldn't be taken seriously anyway, but it's clear that they want Lashley to be a Lesnar clone. DW already showed every organization in the world what to do with WWE guys who want to fight. Throw them to the wolves and let them prove there worthy to be there. Say what you want about Brock, he's a dick but he's proved he's a real competitor.
831 Son- January 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Wow, we have a new idiot that joined the site now. 15 minutes in and he's already trolling up the comments. Way to go loser.