Walker scored a TKO win over Greg Nagy in his Strikeforce debut (Photo by Showtime).
Walker to Face Scott Carson on Saturday
Former Heisman Trophy winner and USFL/NFL tailback Herschel Walker is now finishing up preparations for his second professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, which is against Scott Carson (4-1) this Saturday on the undercard of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg. Walker (1-0), who is currently 48-years-old, joined Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on a media call this week, speaking about the world of MMA and the skeptics who often discredit his signing.
“First of all, I’d like to thank Scott Coker and Strikeforce, and also Showtime, for giving me the opportunity because a lot of good athletes are coming into this sport who are really not ready to come into it,” Walker stated. “They took the time to come and see me do a little bit of trials, and then Scott Coker questioned, and really demanded, that I go into a good training camp. That’s what made the difference there, going to a good training camp here in San Jose, California, AKA (American Kickboxing Academy). And I have to thank Scott for that, and that is why my hat is off to Strikeforce, and also thank Showtime for putting me on.”
Coker, who has taken some heat since adding Walker to the Strikeforce roster, said that that the College Football Hall of Famer is absolutely deserved of the opportunity to compete under his banner.
“The journey to get to this point wasn’t just a journey over the last four or five months,” Coker remarked. “When I got to sit down with Herschel, probably 18 months ago, (we began) to start planning this road map. He’s been in martial arts for a long time. He started boxing, he has an understanding of wrestling and Jiu Jitsu, and he was already an accomplished martial artist.”
While it may have been over the phone, Coker then seemingly turned to Walker to express his gratitude for him.
“I’d like to say thank you to Herschel for being who you are and arguably one of the greatest athletes of our century, and we’re proud to have you as part of the Strikeforce team, and proud to have you as an ambassador for Mixed Martial Arts,” he concluded.
Along similar lines of humility, Walker also voiced his thanks for the support he has received within the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
“To all the fans out there who have supported me, I want to be, like Scott said, an ambassador for the sport, but first of all, I have to be a good fighter,” he confirmed. “So I want to just thank everyone for giving me the time, and this coming Saturday, I want to show them how much I’ve improved from my very first fight.”
Relative to any criticism that has been dished in the direction of Walker, he says that the words have no effect on him.
“I’ve never read an article about myself,” he commented. “I’ve never really looked at a show about myself because I don’t look at the negative or the positive, because I know who Herschel Walker is. I know what I have to get done. I know what I need to do, I know the work I have to put in. That’s the reason I work so hard. The most that I’ve heard now is, everybody says ‘Herschel has to be on something because how can he look like that at his age?’ And I say they can do whatever they want, they can treat me any kind of way. They can see this is nothing but hard work. I was taught that as a little boy when I was growing up with my parents. This is nothing but hard work. And I’ve never turned down a challenge, and I don’t do it now.”
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg will air live on Showtime this Saturday, starting at 10 p.m.