Herschel Walker’s first MMA bout set for Jan. 30

Herschel Walker never sleeps. This was before he appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice."

Does this man ever sleep? Here was Herschel Walker before he appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" in April.

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.

173 comments Add your comment

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
12:52 pm

“ Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com lists Dwyer, a junior, as the best running back on the board and the No. 8 overall NFL prospect. Bunting called Dwyer “a violent runner who exhibits good vision between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders at the second level.”

There must be some mistake. Dwyer plays in that “gimmick”, “high school”, “triple option” system that no blue chip recruit with aspirations of playing in the NFL would ever consider………………Hahahaha. Some dog nation bloggers on here are wrong about absolutely everything. See you azzholes on the 28th and bring all those top 5 recruiting classes with you! LOL.

45-42

PTC DAWG

November 20th, 2009
12:52 pm

I was in school at UGA during the HW era….for the life of me, I can’t see this being a good idea.

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
12:54 pm

Hershel Walker would have been a better back in Tech’s current scheme.

Jamaaliver

November 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

So sad, on alot of levels. It’s like these guys just have nothing better to do with their time.

I hope he doesn’t need the money. There’s a good chance he’s going to hurt himself. Badly.

Sonny Clusters

November 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

We was always wrestling when we was in school. Coach said wrestling makes you want to stop and do something else. We wrestled just enough to keep Coach happy. We was always wanting to play baseball.

Gen Neyland

November 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

I recall Maynard Jackson going into the ring with Muhammad Ali. Poor Ali. The guy had to take a dive in order to get out of Atlanta alive. I also remember one Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura doing a little wraslin’ before his political career took off. This one, well, I jus’ gotta ask, “Which Herschel got this idea..?”

Josh Fowler

November 20th, 2009
1:15 pm

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
12:52 pm
“ Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com lists Dwyer, a junior, as the best running back on the board and the No. 8 overall NFL prospect. Bunting called Dwyer “a violent runner who exhibits good vision between the tackles and has the initial burst to separate from defenders at the second level.”

There must be some mistake. Dwyer plays in that “gimmick”, “high school”, “triple option” system that no blue chip recruit with aspirations of playing in the NFL would ever consider………………Hahahaha. Some dog nation bloggers on here are wrong about absolutely everything. See you azzholes on the 28th and bring all those top 5 recruiting classes with you! LOL.

45-42
What the hell does this have to do witrh anything?

Bryan G.

November 20th, 2009
1:16 pm

I hope Herschel’s pi$$ed off personality shows up for the fight.

you big dummy

November 20th, 2009
1:17 pm

Wow yellow fuzz ya’ll actually have a pro prospect at running back. We are used to having them at UGA. We dont have to get on blog and tell everyone how good our running backs have been. And yes that is the most boring football team in america to watch. Thats why no big time recruits are interested.

Dawg Pound

November 20th, 2009
1:20 pm

Now thats when you know you have a mediocre team when fans start posting pro scouting reports on their players on the blog! Poor guy wants so bad for his team to get some respect! bahahahahahahah

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 20th, 2009
1:23 pm

The other fighter will be out numbered. Hershel, get back on the porch.

This Just in!

November 20th, 2009
1:24 pm

Yellow fuzz (snow) and Saint Simons (unchristened) will be Mr. Walkers opponents.
Jeez,
These two have to be embarrassing to techies even.

dap01

November 20th, 2009
1:25 pm

Yellow Fuzz: No one likes you!

d

November 20th, 2009
1:26 pm

yo sonny u crazy fool

Let's get it on!

November 20th, 2009
1:28 pm

Go for it Herschel!

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 20th, 2009
1:31 pm

Hey dawgs, give us some more “HISTORY” lessons, because you pups have NO future. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! THWG!!!!

AJC

November 20th, 2009
1:34 pm

Dawg fans make themselves at home on Nov.28 and trash the city of Atlanta. Real class act.

buzz is wiser

November 20th, 2009
1:48 pm

This is really sad, why would a man at his age being doing something like this, is he in desperate need for the money, I sure hope not. I’m too young to have seen Walker at UGA but he seems to be the standard barer at the school. The only way I would even consider watching this was if Tebow was fighting…Now that’s a warrior.

Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
1:50 pm

you big dummy:

“We dont get on blog and tell everyone how good our running backs are”

lol.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

“And yes that is the most boring football team in america to watch.”

Did you you poll the Tech opponents for this gem of analysis?

GWH Rich

November 20th, 2009
2:01 pm

you big dummy:

Seems to me that Tech has shown they don’t need the “big time recruits” to win with this “boring offense”.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

Enter your comments here

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

My cat did that.

Sonny Clusters

November 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

We was always respectful of our elders. Herschel is pretty old like Jeff but has a 6th degree black belt. When somebody jumps on us we chop a couple times and kick once and they get off us in a hurry. Nobody ever stuck around long enough for a 3rd chop or a 2nd kick. Eye-gouging is out, though. Clusters don’t eye-gouge.

Who let the retards in here?

November 20th, 2009
2:08 pm

I think the comments made by these Techie trolls in here should be required reading for the entire UGA team, including the coaching staff. I can’t wait to see UGA roll into Grant (high school) Field next Saturday and shut these losers up for another year.

PS. We all know that you Techie posters are virgins. Bwahahahaahahaha! Suckers.

E

November 20th, 2009
2:12 pm

Hershel is a genetic freak. He will whoop mucho asso!!!

Mike

November 20th, 2009
2:16 pm

Hershel is yet another in the very long line of georgia graduates who are resorting to gimicks to buy them a few more seconds of fame. It never ends. The two trailer parks in our county are full of them. Some can still play.

Old timer

November 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

I hope Hershel gets his ass handed to him Like Penn State did in the 83 Sugar.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:21 pm

“And yes that is the most boring football team in america to watch.”

I think he had his eyes shut during the 2nd half last year.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:24 pm

“I can’t wait to see UGA roll into Grant (high school) Field next Saturday”

Think he’s peeing in his pants thinking about it? Hope he remember the game against UK tomorrow.

Dooley's Cardiologist

November 20th, 2009
2:24 pm

This oughta be funny. It all depends on which personality shows up to the fight. I bet it’s the one from the Zaxbys commercials. Herschel is gonna get worked like Uga’s heart on a 2 mile walk.

matt

November 20th, 2009
2:28 pm

Mike- who else is in this line you speak of?????

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:32 pm

matt – In fact, some are real heroes. Herschel mentioned one at the 1980 championship reunion.

bobby dead dodd

November 20th, 2009
2:33 pm

Yellow Fuzz that’s what i saw from your wife.

LES

November 20th, 2009
2:35 pm

bobby dead dodd

November 20th, 2009
2:35 pm

at least he didn’t get a dui on campus like Joey Hamilton or busted for cocaine like eddie lee did, or lie on his resume like coach O’ Leary.

UPSDawg

November 20th, 2009
2:37 pm

It’s sad to realize that it’s been that long since our last MNC. We miss you Herschel! I wish you the best no matter what you do. You’ll always be our favorite Dawg! And we miss UGA VII too!

Bow Wow

November 20th, 2009
2:37 pm

Say it ain’t so. This is like Jim Thorpe joining the circus.

JB

November 20th, 2009
2:39 pm

Who cares is right! Is this all the AJC can come up with the day before a game with Kentucky?

Hello Yellow Fuzz

November 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

Cant wait until next weekend when we have more fans on your pitiful campus, just got to watch out so we dont get robbed at gunpoint. Great campus atmosphere.

Loser

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

Check out UGA’s famous athlete Andre Agassi’s biography. He admitted to drug use and lying about it when he failed the test. It’s not limited to one team or one school that you can pick on.

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 20th, 2009
2:42 pm

Jeff, thanks for plug for Rich’s website, home of the “Chef”.

Delbert D.

November 20th, 2009
2:42 pm

“pitiful campus, just got to watch out so we dont get robbed at gunpoint”

Have you been to the Tech campus, or do you just regurgitate the drivel you read on the blogs?

EW

November 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

MMA is definitely not one of those “crossover” sports that pro athletes think they can play just bc they’re in great shape. Let alone a retired NFL running back. There are some bad motherf”"ers in MMA, HW will soon learn that. But either way this ends bad: he either fights a noname and wins and ppl make fun of the crappy, set-up opponent. OR he fights a real MMA dude and gets KO’ed first round…Love ya HW but this is just stupid.

JacketRacket

November 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

I’m a Tech fan and sad to say, YellowFuzz, M, and Saint Simons embarrass me. Pay attention to the last three letters in that word guys and stop jinxing my team.

EW

November 20th, 2009
2:47 pm

Delbert..it ain’t just in the blogs, it’s all over the news man.

JSS

November 20th, 2009
2:47 pm

Is there a Champions Tour in the MMA?

dean

November 20th, 2009
2:48 pm

EW, I’m afraid you highly underestimate HW. While I would advise him against doing this. I have little doubt that given some time at it he will do just fine for himself.

dean

November 20th, 2009
2:51 pm

I would adivse all Dawg fans to watch each others backs and make sure the thugs around the Tech campus don’t have a chance to rob either Tech or Dawg fans.