47 year old Heisman Trophy winner Herchel Walker has decided that he was the desire to fight saying “I’ll go in there and test myself against any 20 year old”. Walker who can frequently be seen attending many MMA events is a black belt in taekwondo and has had some experience in kempo and muay thai. Although Walker is cleary a great athlete, I must ask what the hell are you thinking?
Like many ex football players who are coming into this sport after having a career in football, I must ask this. Granted that football is a tough sport but there is no sport that is tougher than MMA and somehow after retiring from football, they think they can hang in a tougher sport with tougher training? I understand that at 47 Herschel Walker is in great shape and all but he is way over his head.
Last week we witnessed some of the training that the fighters on The Ultimate Fighter and we also witnessed a man in pain. That man who was in so much pain from training was retired NFL player Marcus Jones. Marcus Jones who is 11 years younger than Walker and is also in great shape was seen saying that the workout is nothing like the training in NFL and also said that MMA is a much harder sport. So we shall see how Walker feels after his 12 week training camp with Bob Cook over at American Kickboxing Academy.
Walker is set to compete in Strikforces heavyweight division which seems to be getting better and better just like the Strikeforce banner itself. So far there is no word who Walker will be fighting but as I betting man, I don’t think that it would be a familiar name and will most likely be some shlub like Jason Riley (who was recently KOed by Tim Sylvia in the first round). Either way, a lot of people will be watching this event and I’m sure that a lot of Americans would not be happy to see one of thier favorite All Americans go down.