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Just How Crazy Is Herschel Walker?

The above clip from an old episode of The George Michael Sports Machine (R.I.P.) shows Herschel Walker calling out heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson, for pretty much the same reasons he’s trying MMA these days: Because it’s there, and because he’s a little bit nuts. Dissociative Identity Disorder aside, Walker is one of the most eccentric characters in pro sports. While plugging his upcoming Strikeforce: Miami fight against Greg Nagy during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show yesterday morning, Walker revealed the following:

— For over 20 years, he’s only been eating one meal a day, which he takes at night. He doesn’t eat meat, which is ironic because he owns a very successful chicken-distribution company.

— He sleeps three or four hours a night.

— He has played Russian Roulette over six times; he thought of it as a "competition."

— He doesn’t remember winning the Heisman Trophy in 1982.

Still, there are times when Walker seems remarkably lucid. In the interview below, Walker stresses the importance of getting into a good training camp and taking preparation seriously so that he doesn’t embarrass the sport like Jose Canseco and Johnnie Morton did. He shouts out Cain Velasquez and Josh Thomson as inspirations. He knows not to leave fights in the hands of the judges. In other words, he sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. At least in Walker’s mind, this is not a publicity stunt — he’s passionate about MMA, and serious about giving it a try now that he’s got some free time. Is he crazy enough to pull it off?

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UFC fan- January 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm
this is the NEW mma company...the SNC.
The stupid nigga championship.
I will be glad when UFC and everyone else stops bringing in these uneducated, broke down ex sports jocks with no skills and no brains.
Clinch-Smash- January 15, 2010 at 12:39 am
LMAO @ robocop
Hulk Smash- January 15, 2010 at 12:11 am
robocop - there were some funny posts, but yours is the best, dude! that shit is good enough to take on the road.
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm
If he beats Nagy, I say Walker vs. Arlovski in a shootout.

pun intended...
LET IT RAIN- January 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm
i was referring to Walker and Tyson playing a russian roulette match on Strikeforce ppv. anywho, speaking of Tyson, didn't he sign with Pride back in the day as a promotional thing? It would be dope if the UFC could somehow use him in a brawlers match up with Kimbo.
BackbaconBilly- January 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm
I'm ready to see Herschel kick some ass, whether it happens or not is a different story, but i'm ready,lol
Dr Garbo- January 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm
Im glad he likes the competitive nature of roulette...I was forced to by those zipperhead bastards in Nam...Ive seen stuff man... and things...none of em good
Bloodlust- January 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Walker has always been really intriguing. I remember during his football days, you would always here stories as well that he didnt work out with weights and instead just literally thousands of situps/pushups/calisthenics daily. Combine this with eating one meal a day and you have to wonder how he winds up such a rock.
Joedirt- January 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Mike Tyson wouldn't make a dent in MMA.... (in his prime... different story) but still... if walker wanted to fight Tyson... WOW... training in MMA or not, getting in the ring in front of thousands of people is completely different, Tyson would MURDER him first combination.
Kimbos Bread- January 14, 2010 at 11:26 am
Heisman Trophy?

Herschel doesn't seem to remember winning the Highestman Trophy either.
LET IT RAIN- January 14, 2010 at 11:24 am
LOL @ ReX13

ah, russian roulette. that game is so competitive, i never win. So i take it he knows 6 guys that died from it then, or perhaps he is just a casual player. But seriously, at what point do you stop and call it a night with your boys? "Hey, i gotta go to bed after this round fellas. i gotta work early in the morning and don't feel like cleaning up brain matter in the living room." Maybe him and Tyson can play and Strikeforce can make a PPV event of it. i'd put my money on Tyson in the 3rd round.
portland mma- January 14, 2010 at 10:57 am
skeletor how do you spell Martina Navratilova correctly while misspelling Wimbledon?
portland mma- January 14, 2010 at 10:55 am
petro, that was just one of the many personalities that make up Herschel...the division of Herschel you are talking about is Leonard, he's a used car salesman and he only eats one meal a day and its generally soup. He's much different then Walkers mid-day personality Earl, who eats a shit ton of raw meat.
Lex Talionis- January 14, 2010 at 10:46 am
Martina Navratilova was a woman?!?!?!
skeletor- January 14, 2010 at 10:29 am
more importantly who was the last woman to win the Wimbleton title before Martina Navratilova?
Lex Talionis- January 14, 2010 at 10:22 am
@ petro Looks like Donovan Mcnabbs mom has been peddling her chunky soup in the eagles locker room for longer than we thought
fxdfp- January 14, 2010 at 10:17 am
He doesn't eat red meat - chicken is not red meat. He sounds like he knows whats up. Should be an interesting fight at the very least.
petro- January 14, 2010 at 9:57 am
How do you (as a pro athlete who exerts insane amounts of energy) eat one meal a day - that consists of soup of all things?? I can't wrap my head around that shit.
Harry Russo- January 14, 2010 at 9:40 am
Hook nose Helwani. Wonder if his grandma is a lampshade?
831 Son- January 14, 2010 at 9:40 am
What a fucking idiot. Russian Roulette is for pussy little bitches anyway. Only depressed retarded losers do that shit. That being said, I hope Walker gets his ass beat.
jimbonics- January 14, 2010 at 9:00 am
Were it not for the hair and nose, I'd want to be Ariel Helwani. Except with a different name.
portland mma- January 14, 2010 at 8:58 am
He's so crazy he'll fight anyone, including highly revered prospects like...Greg Nagy? I'd rather see him fight Charles Nagy but thats jut me.
Smitty- January 14, 2010 at 8:55 am
First of all, that was some funny shit ReX13!!!

@ Hulk Smash
I think the reason you feel Toney has a better chance as an MMA fighter is because you already know him as a fighter (boxer). The fact is Walker has been training in martial arts longer than Toney has been boxing, and he has been training in MMA for several years as well. A lot of people ONLY know him as a football player. He also took several years of ballet. The guy is very facinating in my opinion, and has more accomplishments in different fields than any other professional athlete "I" can think of.

I hope he has a great showing, and gets the win.
Hulk Smash- January 14, 2010 at 8:42 am
wow. have things sunken so low that walker is being taken seriously as an mma prospect? wtf, dude. at least toney has a snowball's chance in hell, which is a helluva lot more than walker.

maybe it would be a good thing to have him and tyson bang it out - since we all know mike t. would kncok the first seven years of his memories out of his head, even today. then, tyson will fade back into obscurity and we can go back to watching james toney make an ass of himself courtesy of the UFC.
NinJay- January 14, 2010 at 8:37 am
Played Russian Roulette over six times? First off why the random 6 number? Couldn't it have been more than 5 less then 10? Secondly, he must be playing the chicken shit way. He probably throws 1 bullet in. Spins and pulls the trigger for a rush, then doesn't go again until the urge takes over. The real way to play is 2 people keep going until one of them has brains splattered on the wall. I highly doubt he has witnessed "more than 6" people blow there brains out across the table from him.