Retired NFL running back Herschel Walker will make his MMA debut on Jan. 30 for Strikeforce, but his debut will be nothing like the many other athletes that turned fights into farces. Unlike the bumbling bouts including Jose Canseco or Tonya Harding, the 1982 Heisman winner will hold his own.
Walker is a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and could be the first former athlete to become a legitimate fighter.
That got us thinking about other athletes or sports figures we would like to see step into the ring. Heavyweights, lightweights, boxers or martial arts technicians, the following list would make for an entertaining fight card.