Herschel Walker gears up for second MMA fight
Nearly a year after his debut as a mixed martial arts fighter, Herschel Walker is set for his second career bout.
Yes, that Herschel Walker, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Georgia, the poster boy for the USFL and the two-time Pro Bowl performer for the Dallas Cowboys.
Walker, 48, will fight Scott Carson on Saturday in a Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif. The event was scheduled for early December before Walker suffered a cut above his eye training.
“Who knows, at 50 I may try for football again to show people I can do that," Walker said on a teleconference promoting the fight, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I want to be the George Foreman of football. I can come back and do that one more time."
Walker prevailed over Greg Nagy in a technical knockout last year in his debut. He’s taking the new adventure seriously.
“I want to be a good ambassador for the sport, but first of all, I've got to be a good fighter," Walker said. "This coming Saturday I want to show them how much I've improved from my very first fight.
"I've watched the MMA for years, even back when it was kind of a like a tough man contest," Walker said. "Now, since they have rules and stuff, I fell in love with it."
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