by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
He’s a Heisman Trophy winner. He’s a former NFL star. He is an Olympian in two-man bobsled. And now Herschel Walker is going to be a mixed martial artist.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz on Friday informed MMAWeekly.com that the Florida State Boxing Commission has approved Greg Nagy to be Walker’s opponent in his MMA debut on Jan. 30 at Strikeforce: Miami.
The 47-year-old Walker is a multi-faceted competitor that has excelled in nearly every one of his athletic endeavors. He won the Heisman Trophy as the top player in college football in 1982, is a two-time Pro Bowl player in the NFL, finished in seventh place in the 1992 Winter Olympics in the two-man bobsled competition, and holds a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
He is in the midst of a 12-week training camp at San Jose, Calif.-based American Kickboxing Academy, working alongside fighters such as Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson, Cung Le, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, and several other top fighters.
Former WWE star Bobby Lashley is also on the Jan. 30 fight card at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Sources close to the fight indicated to MMAWeekly.com that Lashley is expected to face Yohan Banks, who has fought twice for Strikeforce on its Young Guns cards. The Lashley bout, however, is awaiting commission approval and has not been finalized.
Nick Diaz and Dream champion Marius Zaromskis headline Strikeforce: Miami in a battle for the promotion’s vacant welterweight title. Cris “Cyborg” Santos will also defend her 145-pound women’s title against Marloes Coenen. Both Walker and Lashley are expected to appear on the Showtime televised main card.