Herschel Walker appeared on ESPN First Take today, and the newly acquired Strikeforce talent made it clear that UFC President Dana White’s recent comments about his signing got to him.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” White stated about Walker’s signing during an interview on Inside The Ultimate Fighter. “People think we’re anti-competition? We’re anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50 year old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it’s a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?”
Walker took White’s comments to heart, and had some comments of his own for White.
“Who ever made him the guy to measure athletic talent?” Walker asked the show. “I don’t think Dana knows anything about athletic talent.
“He knows about fighters, which is different,” Walker continued. “He’s running a show right now with heavyweights and I’ll put dimes to donuts, all the heavyweights on his show right now I will beat. That’s pretty easy to say.”
Walker went on to issue a challenge to the UFC President.
“Dana always tells people to put their money where your mouth is. Dana says I’m so old? Why doesn’t he step into the ring with me because he’s been practicing (MMA), as well?”
Walker did manage to give credit to White and the Fertittas for their role in the growth of MMA, saying that “We got to give Dana his props. Dana and the Fertittas have done a great, great job with the UFC.”
Walked went on to talk about fighting for Strikeforce, and said that he hopes to fight by the end of the year.
“I’m shooting for the middle of December,” Walker said. “I want sooner than later. It’s not like I’m going to be a fighter for years.”