by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com, photo by Strikeforce
Strikeforce took a big risk signing and showcasing 47-year old former NFL player, Herschel Walker, in his professional debut on Saturday, but it paid off as the one time Heisman Trophy winner dominated Greg Nagy on the way to a TKO win.
In the early going, Walker did a good job of stuffing the takedown attempts from opponent, Greg Nagy, who struggled under the power of the former running back. Eventually, Walker reversed the position, landed on top, and started to throw down punches at Nagy.
Keeping out of too much danger, Nagy did position his body well enough to almost lock on a heel hook in the first round, but Walker rolled and stayed out of the submission.
The second round looked much like the first, except this time Walker took the mount and his opponent’s back, pounding down shots leaving Nagy only to squirm and try to survive.
The former All-Pro football player took Nagy down again in the third round and moved to take his opponent’s back, blasting down punches from above. A continued barrage of punches with Nagy doing virtually nothing to get out of the position, and referee Troy Waugh saw enough to pull Walker off and stop the fight.
It’s been several years since Walker has scored a touchdown, but he proved that an old dog can learn new tricks as he came out and lived his dream of competing in mixed martial arts.
“The experience was exciting,” Walker said after the win.
Never setting specific goals, Walker stayed very humble and thanked the trainers and fighters from American Kickboxing Academy, while saying it’s up to them if he’s good enough to fight again.
“When I came to AKA, I left it up to Javier Mendes when I needed to step out, all the fighters there I told them that if they don’t think I can do it, I’ve got to quit. So I’ve got to come back and train and they’re going to make that decision for me,” said Walker.
Herschel Walker came out and proved that he was serious about doing MMA, and now it’s just a waiting game to see if the urge to compete has been satisfied, or if the former Heisman trophy winner will come back to fight another day.