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Ex-NFL Pro Herschel Walker Makes MMA Debut at Strikeforce Vs. Greg Nagy

21 Dec 1997:  Running back Herschel Walker of the Dallas Cowboys runs down the field during a game against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.  The Giants won the game 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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Tommy MessanoContributor IJanuary 7, 2010

With just three weeks to go until his professional MMA debut, 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker has an opponent.

Rage in the Cage veteran Greg Nagy is expected to meet Walker as part of the televised portion of Strikeforce's next event on Showtime on Jan. 30 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Multiple sources close to the event have informed of the likely matchup.

Walker, who was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame in 1999, announced his intentions to compete in MMA in September 2009.

Nagy, a 26-year-old from Arizona, last competed at Rage in the Cage 136 in November 2009. After three hard rounds, Nagy dropped a decision to Francisco Navvarro.

A pro fighter since August 2009, Nagy is a modest 1-1 in his career including a TKO win over Robert Principato.

An 11-year NFL pro, Walker has spent the past several weeks training for mixed martial arts at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif.  Run by head trainer Bob Cook, Walker has had the opportunity to work with current UFC standouts Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Jon Fitch, and heavyweight Cain Velasquez at AKA.

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