January 30, 2010
Herschel Walker won his MMA debut with Strikeforce on Saturday night. Reread that sentence. Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 and was an Olympian in 1992, won by TKO at 2:17 in the third round over Greg Nagy.
Even before the fight was called, Walker dominated. He started out the fight with stiff standup and yelled at his opponent to engage. When Nagy did engage and try for a takedown, Walker sprawled to stuff the takedown attempt. Walker controlled the rest of the round from the top.
In the second round, Walker continued to impose his will over Nagy. At one point, he had a standing front headlock and the crowd yelled, "Knees!" to the inexperienced Walker. He obliged. In the third round, Walker stretched Nagy out and pounded him out until the fight was stopped.
"Don't boo guys in the ring because this is the hardest thing I've ever done," Walker said to the crowd afterward.
It's hard to judge Walker's abilities from this bout, as his opponent has just two professional fights and a record of 1-1. But Walker was nothing short of impressive in the cage, no matter his age.
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