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Another can for Herschel Walker

(Herschel Walker trying to figure out what comes next)

I was right there with Herschel Walker when he said he was hoping his next opponent would be someone of a higher calibre. But who are we kidding? This is Strikeforce we’re talking about, and they’ve served Herschel up another textbook can in the form of 40 year old Scott Carson (4-1):

Meanwhile, Carson fights for the second time in 2010 after taking a nine-year hiatus from professional fighting. The California resident racked four professional wins between 1999 and 2001, including a first-round submission victory at the very first WEC event, but he was defeated by Lorenz Larkin upon his return to the sport earlier this year.

Let’s break this down:

  • This is his second fight in 9 years
  • The first one he got KO’d in under 3 minutes
  • He competed at the VERY FIRST WEC
  • He’s never beaten anyone with a .500+ record

The only interesting thing about this fight is that Walker still might not be good enough to beat this guy. We all remember the Nagy fight from last year and when I say there was room for improvement, I mean a room the size of an aircraft hangar. So once again, Strikeforce has gone outside the promotion to handpick someone they and Herschel’s coaches think he can beat. Can he do it? Well, considering how slanted the matchmaking is in his favor, sure. Will anyone care? Fortunately for Strikeforce, I’m sure the mainstream media will. But I certainly won’t.

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    Who cares, Herschel Walker is like 2-0 or something. No one takes him seriously, not worth reporting.

  • GoldenArms says:

    how many fights does Herschel have under his belt? he’s a rookie, quit being a hater

  • Simco says:

    Walker sucks. He is a “can” himself. He should absolutely be fighting other terrible fighters. Just because he is famous doesn’t mean he should be fighting really high-level, kinda high-level or even mid-level guys.
    How is this so hard to understand?
    This is the exact same frustratingly idiotic mentality people had/have with Lashley.

  • fightlinker says:

    It’s called ‘If you can’t fight anyone in the league, you don’t belong in the league’.

  • Symbul says:

    Obviously they went really far out of their way to scrape the absolute bottom of the barrel. They tried to cover it up a bit with the 4-1 record but it’s been nearly a decade since the last win and he got knocked out in the first round in his last fight. Brutal matchmaking but hopefully he doesn’t look like an opium addict like Nagy.

    But if we get real here, either we think Walker shouldn’t be fighting in SF (see: above) or we accept these kinds of opponents as what high profile novelty acts do. You can’t put him in there with a real SF-level fighter because he’d get killed.

  • subo says:

    YEAH RIGHT – Shut the fuck up.
    1. Walker is 1-0 only because they found the single worst fighter I’ve ever seen to fight him, and sign Nagy specifically for that purpose.
    2. This guy is 0-1 since 2001 and has never beaten an opponent with a winning record.
    3. This is a fucking joke that robs real fighters from a spot on the card.

    Suffice it to say I’m not too bummed about not being able to use these credentials.

  • fishead says:

    whatever… every organization has done freakshow fights (don’t even try to tell me that James Toney in the UFC wasn’t in this same category… not to mention that Dana White talked relentlessly about how shit Kimbo Slice was – only to bring him into the fold when it was his turn to make some money off the guy)… the fact is that these types of spectacles bring in viewers who recognize the name, and while they do rob real fighters from a spot on the card – they might also provide some extra money and a bit of job security to some other real fighters.

  • Jericco1181 says:

    Holy shit Fightlinker stop acting like little bitches, you have been around the MMA game long enough to figure out that they are not planning on Walker being a world beater(or even a contender in any way shape or form) he is just there for the eye balls he brings to SF.

    Honestly what the fuck did you expect…replace walker with a “real” fighter? yea thats a great fucking business move.

    You guys cant be serious…

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    What Jericco said. Is this really a surprise? No. Does this sully the respected and honored sport of MMA? No. Is this business as usual for the 2nd biggest MMA organization? Yes. Does Strikeforce get media exposure by getting a football legend back in the cage again? Yes

    Will Ryan watch the show live, do more blog post and talk about it in a podcast? Yes

    Strikeforce is doing the best they can with what they got. Nothing more or less.

  • unclefesterdanawhite says:

    Yeah it is what it is. Herschel Walker is a name. He draws eyeballs. So they sign him and sign a handpicked shitty tomato can that will make him look good. I don’t know American football all that well. At first I was a bit shocked that people were making a big deal about him taking up MMA because he’s known for being a college football legend, not a NFL legend. But college football is followed religiously in Red State America no? (He played for Georgia) So I guess it makes sense. To be fair (to his pro-level accomplishments), he did get a couple Pro-Bowl and All-Pro selections in 87 and 88. So he was hot shit even in the NFL for at least a brief time. Though I take it he’s not NFL legend material.

  • pewnt says:

    ^^”Strikeforce is doing the best they can with what they got. Nothing more or less.”

    No they are not.

    Perfect Example:
    Jason Miller’s 3rd season of Bully Beat Down just started up on MTV. It was announced in fucking Feb.


    It doesn’t take a marketing degree to see that Miller may have a fan base that can be tapped to the benefit of Strikeforce.

    Even if MTV is not interested in doing a tie in (a contest for a VIP trip to the event advertised in the Season 3 teasers seems simple enough), they could still purchase advertising space for the event when the show airs. As we now know Miller himself beat the bully in the first episode. Another missed opportunity for Strikeforce.

    If Strikeforce cannot do this due to contact restrictions (CBS, and Viacom have a history). This is still a failure on Strikeforce’s behalf. Sign better contracts, that don’t limit how you can market fights. Then STILL put him on a card, and advertise on CBS owned shows that appeal to the MTV Bully Beat Down crowd.

    Lets not forget the cluster fuck that has been their heavy weight division in 2010.

    What about fucking around with Lyle Beerbohm. Coming off what could be considered the biggest win of his career (Vitor Ribeiro), they can’t even get him a second fight in 2010. They risk a 14-0 Prospect with a motivating, feel good “MMA saved my life” story……hmmm nothing to market there
    COUGH Court McGee!!

    Strikeforce is not doing the best they can with what they got.

  • thingvolds says:

    he claims that he has never jerked off once in his entire life.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    Okay pewnt you’ve made a couple points. SF could and should be doing a bit more but in regards to making the most obvious decision with one of their biggest draws. When has SF shown any super slick promotion skills before other than the standard “watch these guys put on an exciting fight” angle.

    And Walker was misquoted in regards to never jerking it, Herschel has never touched his cock sexually because it is prehensile. Real talk so not only does this guy eat once a day, never jerk off and doesn’t weight lift to stay in shape. Rogan actually mentioned walkers no weight lifting and one meal a day nonesense on his podcast last week, he thinks its bullshit. I personally think it may be residual insanity/delusion.

  • GoldenArms says:

    It’s called making money. That’s probably why subo doesn’t have a clue about what strikeforce is doing. Maybe if Scott Coker was here begging Ryan for money, subo would approve. Strikeforce would probably go out of business if they didn’t have name draws, so shut the fuck up and enjoy the good fights they put together. Buncha bitches

  • subo says:

    When Strikeforce goes out of business anyway, that’ll be funny.

    Maybe one of Herschel’s alternate personalities jerked off when he was a relevant athlete twenty years ago.

  • GoldenArms says:

    What’ll be funny is when subo is homeless and doesn’t have an internet connection.

  • glassjawsh says:

    ^ too mean

  • pewnt says:

    Blackula Jonez, Comment #13

    “one of their biggest draws”

    If you are referring to Herschel Walker with this comment…That is a HUGE problem for the company. This is a promotion that wants to be considered a competitor to the UFC brand. A 48 year old former football player with a 1-0 record, is not who you want to be relying on to turn a profit, or build your brand.

    If Mr. Coker cannot bring his company past the “watch these guys put on an exciting fight” point, maybe it’s time to bring in someone who can.

    GoldenArms, Comment #14

    “It’s called making money”

    When Strikeforce starts making money let me know. They don’t fill their strikeforce under cards with amateur fights because they are rolling in cash.

  • glassjawsh says:

    “This is a promotion that wants to be considered a competitor to the UFC brand” – no they don’t. and im pretty sure coker has stated this on several occasions

  • repenttokyo says:

    yeah, he’ll still be able to get free wireless at like, starbucks or mcdo – until they detect the smell, anyways.

  • pewnt says:

    Glassjawsh, Comment 19

    “no they don’t. and I’m pretty sure Coker has stated this on several occasions”

    Your right, Scott has been very careful not to compare his company to the UFC in the media. He was in Dana’s good book while Elite XC, and Affliction were doing their thing. He appears to have learned from (one) of their mistakes.

    BUT, (you knew that was coming)

    Strikeforce is currently the #2 promotion in North America, and arguably the world. His recent “Dana is Don King, to Me being Bob Arum” comment is the type of thing that get Dana’s blood boiling. Dana pissed off counter programs EVERYTHING you do……

    Stikeforce is in a brand war with the UFC. See the countless reviews comparing EA MMA, and UFC Undisputed.

    The moment they signed Fedor they announced that they wanted to compete with the UFC.

  • frickshun says:

    Wow. Ryan trolled his own site.