This Saturday will mark the second fight in the professional mixed martial arts career of football legend Herschel Walker as he steps back into the cage at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg.
His first fight came nearly a year ago on Jan. 30, 2010 when he defeated fellow MMA newcomer Greg Nady. Of course, the biggest difference between their lack of experience was that while Nady had fought twice prior to his Strikeforce appearance against Walker, he was also 20 years younger.
Walker dominated the fight, eventually winning by TKO due to strikes in the third round. The strong appearance helped solidify the thought that Walker was willing to take the sport seriously.
Now 48 years old, Herschel Walker will face Scott Carson (4-1) in a heavyweight bout that fans and experts alike are looking forward to. Walker is still in incredible physical shape and while he may not be the most experienced fighter who will be performing on Saturday night, it will be interesting to see how he has progressed over the year since his first fight.
His detractors claim that Walker is too far past his physical prime and that he is nothing more than a freak show at this point. UFC President Dana White even went as far to say that Walker’s appearance in Strikeforce was, “completely disrespectful to the sport."
But the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is no stranger to controversy and he would not let others get him down. Walker has been training in Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts for 33 years now. He has also been training for this fight with American Kickboxing Academy, the home of many of the world’s top fighters including former Strikeforce champions Cung Le and Josh Thompson as well as UFC stars Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, and Mike Swick.
If Walker has been training as hard as he claims he has been, this fight against Scott Carson may be more one-sided than it appears on the surface. Carson has five professional fights but lost his last fight by knockout back in June of 2010—his first fight since 2001.
If Walker can win this fight, the hype should only grow around him as he looks to his third fight.
The MMA community has been buzzing about who Walker’s next opponent could be but here’s a quick look at five of the most intriguing opponents that Walker could face in his third professional fight.