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Herschel Walker’s MMA Debut Set for January 30th


(Photo courtesy of ajc.com. Tie courtesy of Elton John.)

Heisman Trophy winner, two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Olympic bobsledder, Dissociative Identity Disorder sufferer, Celebrity Apprentice contestant, Tae Kwon Do black belt, and American Kickboxing Academy student Herschel Walker will make his MMA debut on January 30th at a Strikeforce event to be held at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The news was announced yesterday via press release, though Walker’s opponent has yet to be named. The only other match tied to the card at this point is Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos‘s 145-pound title defense against Marloes Coenen.

As Dana White pondered when Walker’s Strikeforce signing was first announced: "Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight? Who the fuck are they going to find to fight Herschel Walker? A guy in a wheelchair?” We now know the answer to the first question is "Florida," the state that previously signed off on Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock at the same venue last October. As for Dana’s other hypotheticals, we hope that Herschel Walker’s opponent has some kind of disability, considering that Walker has only been training in MMA since last month, and it wouldn’t really be fair to make him fight a guy who has both fighting experience and the use of all of his limbs. I mean, if Strikeforce really wants to put Walker against Fedor Emelianenko in the spring, they’d better give him a beatable first opponent.

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Berndo411- December 2, 2009 at 9:19 pm
I laugh when I read that people call Walker a joke. A joke? Heisman trophy winner, olympic bobsledder, college track and field star, black belt and a nasty pro football player in 2 pro leagues. Maybe one the best damn atheletes god ever put on this earth. Now I know all this took place 20 + years ago, but my point is....so what? The dude is a uber-competitive, obsessive compulsive freak like Jordan, Cal Ripken, Favre ect..... He's one of those dudes who has an undying belief in himself which is almost ignorant. He is 47 and looks 27, and its for a reason - Preparation. He still does 1000 + pushups and situps daily, never lifted throughout his career. Thats right, google my man Herschell. Jack Lalanne is 90 and still mobile and very sharp for his age. Why? Extreme discipline, the same that Herschell has. Does anyone remember when George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994 for the belt. Foreman was 50 and twenty some odd years past his so called "prime." Underestimating Walker would be silly. I hope he wins and I hope he eventually puts a Dana White fighter on his ass in front of White. Best part would be Walker wouldn't act like a clown after the victory, he would act like it was no big deal, on to the next challenge.
skeletor- November 21, 2009 at 7:40 am
Walker takes out whoever in January. Then proceeds to beat Bret Rogers. And then mark my words he will be the first man to beat Fedor. I've trained with Walker personally and the man strikes like Anderson Silva, and could toss Karo (the old Karo) around a Judo mat with one arm tied behind his back. He is not to be fucked with.
Hum Deez Nutz- November 21, 2009 at 6:25 am
Kyle Maynard would knock the black right out of Walker.
MachidaVsSilva- November 21, 2009 at 5:06 am
This would have been cool 10 years ago. If Herschel does have MPD the he must be channeling his Ken Shamrock personality right now. I'm picturing a cardio disaster for Herschel. I'm guessing he's got about 45 seconds in round one to pull off a tornado kick for the win. Hopefully they can match him up with Butterbean.
john t- November 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm
Chiggs your a fucking retard comparing Walker to Couture. One has done different types of grappling and boxing his whole life and moved into MMA over a decade ago, the other is a football player who took tae kwon do...freak athlete does not = great fighter (especially when they are having there first fight at around 50).
mthomas- November 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm
I dunno. The recent efforts by Strikeforce have really made people take notice of their fighters and organization. This seems more like an EliteXC kinda move...just seems like kind of a step backwards...
bleve- November 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm
@Chiggs,

I hear you, although I'm pretty sure that DID is caused by emotional and psychological trauma during a person's childhood... its not a physical disorder in the brain, but who knows. Keep in mind he was hit in the head for most of his life playing football.
Chiggs- November 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm
@Bleve, ya I was gonna mention that he has the 6th deg. BB in Tae Kwon do an also practiced(s) Judo for years too apparently. Dude was/is a Freak athlete, and only a year older then Couture, who infact didnt have his 1st fight in his early/mid 30's. Granted 10 years earlier then Walker but he's also stated that he only plans on 1-3 fights to see how he does. Hes competitive still is all. HOWEVER, I have no Want to watch him fight either tbh, might check it out to see how he actually does. One thing that I dont like about him fighting, especially if theres no commishes involved is, he apparently suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder and doesnt even remember what fucking year he won his damn Heisman trophy O.o Cant be good to take shots to the Dome with serious health issues...especially insane mental ones. Wish him all the best though, just hope it doesnt be his last fight for all the goddamn Wrong reasons.
bleve- November 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm
He's a sixth degree black belt in tae kwon do and a genetic freak athlete and already has a name brand... should count for something. Not saying its really legit, but people are acting like its DMX.

Not a bad business move imo.

Kimbos Bread- November 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm
@NateGetsIrate

Hahaha. Indeed. Cellino & Barnes move over.
NateGetsIrate- November 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm
@ Kimbos B:

He looks like one of those shady-ass, ambulance-chasing attorneys that advertise on daytime tv.
MMAMoneyLine- November 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm
Walker/Shamrock or Walker/Lashley. I'll be honest here, I have no idea what weight class Herschel fights in.
Kimbos Bread- November 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm
That would have to be the worst fucking tie EVER!
Soda Popinski- November 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm
can you imagine if herschel beat fedor?

me either.

(is it 'either' or 'neither' there?)

portland mma- November 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm
"Fuck you Herschel, take Stevia player."


"My name is Linus."
portland mma- November 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Dan Quinn, make that fight happen...the pre-fight interviews will be the main event instead of the fight.
Smitty- November 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm
I think Walker will surpise a few people.
NateGetsIrate- November 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Damn it, robthom! Now omunto is doing it!
omunto- November 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm
"and it wouldn't really be fair to make him fight a guy who has both fighting experience and the use of all of his limbs."

Sooo your suggesting Kyle Maynard then? Or that this fight take place in the universe of "Redbelt"?
NateGetsIrate- November 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm
The only chance he has against any real MMA practicioner is if he fights Kyle Maynard.
robthom- November 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm
As goofy as that looks and sounds, its actually pretty shrewd as far as getting attention and money flowing.

I believe Kimbo, Carano, and Brock are still the biggest draws murican MMA has ever had. And not for their questionable to legit MMA skills.
Maybe I shouldn't just say murican MMA though, since the japanese have known the value of dumbing it up for years.

Its the "in" thing to do.
Gogo Platypus- November 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm
How about Jack Lalanne? Maybe he can bring in Power Juicer as a sponsor.
TheArtof8Limbs- November 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm
i think strikefarce should sign tank abbot...that would be a good matchup for herschel...i still wouldnt watch it tho
Mechanicjitsu- November 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm
They should sign Michael Irvin, get Melvin Guillard (spelled wrong?) and they could have a "winner gets the cocaine" match.
MGalactic- November 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Ridiculous.
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