Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts

You want to laugh at the news that former NFL running back Herschel Walker has signed to become a professional MMA fighter, but you can’t because it is Herschel Walker.

After his career Walker, 47, decided that he wanted to be an Olympic bobsledder and he did it. He made the 1992 Olympics and finished seventh in the two-man bobsled. Now comes his next challenge and it's a big leap. During the Ultimate Fighter 10, we’re going to see if any of the four former NFL players can make the leap. But the oldest guy in that group is only 35-year-old Marcus Jones. Walker is pushing 50 and that’s part of the reason he’s doing this:

“It’s not about the money. I love the sport. Love to compete,” Walker told Tony Bruno on FoxSportsRadio. “And for all the old guys who don’t think that they can do it anymore, I’m living proof if you get your butt off the couch and start working out, you can do it. It ain’t gonna fall out of the sky and hit you on the head, you gotta do something about it."

Even though Walker sounds like he’s trying to prove a point about his age, he also says he serious about winning:

“I’m here to show that I can fight. There have been some football players that have stepped into the ring and that have embarrassed the football players. I want to be considered one of the best at 47 When step in the ring I want to people to see when you keep yourself in shape, you can still go get it.”

Walker said he’s going to train at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose. That’s the home of fighters like Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and Jon Fitch. Walker said it’s up to trainer/manager “Crazy” Bob Cook to determine when he’s ready. He’d like to fight in November or December. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of opponent Walker will be allowed to face by the particular state commission.

Walker has long been a fan of the sports let jsut hope his MMA journey doesn't go the route of Johnny Morton, who was destroyed in his only MMA fight back in 2007.

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