Herschel Walker Donating MMA Debut Fight Purse to Charity

December 20, 2009
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Herschel Walker is an amazing athlete that has competed in many different sports over his 47 years. He’s competed at the highest levels in both collegiate and professional football, he’s an Olympian in bobsled, and is a lifelong martial artist.

On January 30th, he’ll become a mixed martial artist. But it’s interesting to note, and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker did on Saturday night, that Walker is donating his January fight purse to charity.

“He’s doing it for charity. He’s donating 100 percent of his purse to a non-profit,” said Coker.

But that’s not to say he isn’t serious about the pursuit. As his previous accolades indicate, he takes all sports seriously, and MMA is no different.

“He wants to just test himself and he’s been at the AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) training camp the last 45 days. He’s not gonna go home for Christmas. He’s gonna stay through the holidays and train there. He’s in good hands,” Coker detailed, adding that Walker told his trainers at AKA to advise him not to fight if they felt he wasn’t going to be ready to compete.

There’s no actual name to be put to his opponent yet, but the Strikeforce CEO says it will be appropriate to Walker’s time in the sport.

“As far as MMA goes, we’ll find somebody that has his skill level. He’s a beginner in MMA, so we’ll find somebody that is a heavyweight, beginning fighter and let’s see what happens,” he said.

“Once you step in the cage, it’s really gonna be up to him, right?”

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