It’s official, Heisman trophy winner and Tae Kwon Do black belt Herschel Walker will have his second professional MMA fight under the Strikeforce banner. The heavyweight fighter will be taking on 40-year old Scott Carson in a featured bout on the upcoming Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu card. Walker, Carson and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker spoke with ESPN about the match up, which will take place this December 4th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
“The goal with Herschel’s next fight is to put him in a little more competitive environment and let him test his skills,” said Coker, who has said since Walker’s MMA debut with the promotion that the 48-year old would be brought along slowly and matched with fighters of his caliber.
For his part, Carson said that he is looking forward to performing against an opponent such as Walker on a stage as big as Strikeforce. 4-1 as a professional, Carson had not fought since 2001 until he made an unsuccessful return to MMA recently that saw him lose via knockout.
“It’s a big honor to fight [Walker],” Carson said. “I’m a fan but I also believe he’s beatable and it’s a good matchup for me.”
Walker spoke with ESPN via text message and expressed that he would like to showcase to the world his evolution as a fighter since his successful January debut against Greg Nagy.
“I want to show that my experience level has increased a good deal,” Walker said. “I’ve become a much better MMA fighter. Last time, I was very green. This time, I’m going to be more skilled and have a lot more to display in the Strikeforce cage.”
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