Herschel Walker – Olympian, Heisman Trophy winner, NFL superstar, and now mixed martial artist – is set to face his second challenge in the Strikeforce cage at Henderson vs. Babalu II.
Walker will face WEC veteran Scott Carson when Strikeforce returns to St. Louis on Dec. 4, according to Mike Afromowitz, Strikeforce’s director of communications. ESPN.com first reported the bout on Friday.
Walker has spent his life meeting different challenges. He excelled in football, earning the Heisman Trophy in college and playing in both the USFL and NFL as a professional. He also competed as a bobsledder at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
A lifelong martial artist, with a fifth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Walker took up the mixed martial arts challenge at the age of 47, defeating Greg Nagy by TKO in January 2010. Now 48 years old, he returns to the cage for his sophomore effort.
Carson (4-1), 40 years old, fought on the first World Extreme Cagefighting show in 2001. He hadn’t fought since, until he lost to Lorenz Larkin at an event in June in Los Angeles. The fight with Walker will easily be the most high profile bout of his career.
Walker vs. Carson is expected on the televised undercard of Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II on Dec. 4 on Showtime.