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Former NFL Pro Herschel Walker Set to Compete in MMA


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Herschel Walker, currently 47 years old, but still an American icon in collegiate and NFL football history formally announced on September 21, 2009, that he will enter and compete in MMA. We do we make of this? Has the guy lost his mind? Does he have a death wish? Or, could we be in for a huge surprise?

 

BACKGROUND ON HERSCHEL WALKER

Herschel-Walker-joining-MMA.jpgA true world-class, phenomenal athlete.In 1999, the former University of Georgia star was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. An 11-year NFL veteran and two-time Pro Bowl rusher, Walker played for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He is a Heisman Trophy-winning running back. Did I forget to mention that his running speed qualified him for the Olympic teams, but he never competed?

 

CAN HE FIGHT?

Mr. Walker as an MMA fight record of 0-0 because he's never stepped into an Octagon. Period. Enough said.

 

However, don't be so quick to count him out. Herschel Walker is a 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His kicking and punching speed is amazing. Not just for his age, but when compared to any 20 year old fighter. In addition to being a legitimate karate Master, the man has cross trained in boxing since he was a teenager and remained active since that time.

 

Oh, did I forget to mention that he's been an huge student of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Hybrid Grappling since 1993? The point the Mr. Walker wants his critics to understand is that - he's been a student of the MMA game for many years. On top of that, he's been training under some of the best teachers, hitting the mats, and preparing himself for years to do this very thing.

 

He will begin training with American Kickboxing Academy, the high-profile camp in San Jose, Calif., that trains UFC standouts Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Jon Fitch, Cain Velasquez and Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. Indeed, Mr. Walker is in capable hands.

 

Should we prepare ourselves for a good laugh? Or should we celebrate the entrance of a legend who may just help improve the image of our sport?

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With the sport of MMA continuously growing, these side shows will undoubtedly continue. Next thing you know, someone will be bringing in guys like Jean Claude Van Dame to fight in MMA... oh wait.

 

Just makes it easier to identify who is for real and who is there to collect a pay check and another 15 minutes.

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