For those Georgia fans who might be down about the season or the passing of Uga VII, well, look at the bright side: Your most famous football player is about to jump into an MMA ring.
OK, so maybe that wasn’t quite the pick-me-up you were looking for.
Two months ago, we told you that Herschel Walker had signed with Strikeforce, a California-based promotional company that stages mixed martial arts bouts. The news was surprising, given that, while Walker is a sixth-degree black belt, he’s also 47 years old. But he’s apparently serious. Strikeforce announced Walker’s first bout will be held Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Smart promoter. The Super Bowl is in south Florida the following week. That’s worth a few thousand fans right there. No opponent has been announced. It probably would be worth a few more tickets if they can find a former Gator in MMA.
The website MMAJunkie.com (I’m getting too old for this) reported that Walker will train at California’s American Kick Boxing Academy. When he first signed with Strikeforce, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back said: “I’ve been training for several years. I would play college football games on Saturday and then compete in martial arts tournaments on Sunday after church. I’m now looking forward to opening up another chapter in my life and to competing in MMA.”
By the way: Special thanks to reader Rich Tate of GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com for tipping me off to this story.