Herschel: He’s only a (MMA) freshman! (watch the video)

That's Herschel Walker on top and Greg Nagy pleading for help. (Jeffrey M. Boan.)

That's Herschel Walker on top and Greg Nagy pleading for help.

Last week, I blogged about the fact that the difference between Herschel Walker (MMA) at 47 and Evander Holyfield (boxing) at 47 is Walker wasn’t embarrassing himself by still trying to compete in his career sport (football).

Now, I’m starting to wonder if mixed martial arts can be a new career venture for Walker.

Did you see the video of his bout last night against Greg Nagy? Now, I don’t know a lot about MMA, other than this: 1.) Personally, I’d rather not try it. I need to protect these typing fingers; 2) Nagy is not one of the sport’s biggest stars. But how impressive is it that Walker, a novice, just destroyed him? If Walker chose to, he can make a lot of money in MMA and further grow the sport — dropping boxing further into the abyss.

I’ve posted two videos below. One is a short highlight clip, the other is the entire first round. A few things stand out. Walker, outside of still being in incredible shape, remains as competitive as ever. This venture clearly wasn’t a joke to him. When the match is over, you’ll see him flash one  of those not-in-my-house(!) looks and give a domination flex.

Whether you’re a fan of MMA or not, this was sport at its purest and rawest form.  And it was kind of cool to see.

Just one question: Seeing as how Herschel still has a year of eligibility left, is there any chance he could make it back for another season?


HIGHLIGHTS


FIRST ROUND

103 comments Add your comment

DamYankee

January 31st, 2010
11:20 am

Everyone else must be in church

La Jolla Dawg

January 31st, 2010
11:26 am

I watched the fight last night and couldn’t help but think Herschel is too nice to compete in this sport on a regular basis. I just didn’t see the killer instinct that most fighters seem to possess. Having said that, I was grateful that his bout was tame in comparison to the some of the others. Nasty. Might be pure, but blech, don’t get the thrill associated with pounding, choking and pummeling another human being. Must be a male thing. Though the women who fought after Herschel (I did not watch their fight but saw them prior to changing channel) looked like they could kick butt with the best of them.

DamYankee

January 31st, 2010
11:31 am

I didn’t realize they have 5 min. rounds, a real test of stamina. Herschel whupped him like a red-headed stepchild! Stronger, quicker, meaner. It’ll be interesting to see him vs. more advanced opponents.

Cosmos

January 31st, 2010
11:35 am

Herschel is in incredible shape. His legend lives on. Looks like he could also compete in Greco-Roman wrestling.

C'mon

January 31st, 2010
11:35 am

Let it go Herschel. You are tarnishing everything great you ever accomplished.

@DanWeiner

January 31st, 2010
11:37 am

I think 10 years ago Herschel could have made a mark in the sport, but he’s a couple of years away from being technically skilled enough to be a legitimate contender in the sport. At 50 years old he’s going to have to be that much more skilled than guys half his age and I just don’t think it’ll happen.

It’s incredible that he got in the ring and won a fight, but he’s a long way off from competing with the best in the sport and father time will prevent him from an elite fighter.

DamYankee

January 31st, 2010
11:39 am

Those who can, do. Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach get tenure. IMO, if it gives him an outlet for his obviously still huge competitive side, more power to him.

Cosmos

January 31st, 2010
11:39 am

DamYankee – I’ll say it – Kudos to you for being first.

Not Disappointed!

January 31st, 2010
11:41 am

Looks interestng, but I will leave it to the professionals. Oh Herschel, I hope you’re not doing it for the money. Good Sunday to all.

Ramblin Wreck!

Larry

January 31st, 2010
11:41 am

Walker looked amazing, but the dude he fought was a cream-puff.

Not Disappointed!

January 31st, 2010
11:41 am

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BigGAdawg

January 31st, 2010
11:45 am

Apparently and old dawg can learn new tricks. From what I saw in the clips it seems that Herschel dominated the match.

Too bad we can’t disguise him and get back on the field in Athens.
Woof Woof!

Vince Dooley

January 31st, 2010
11:45 am

congrats to Herchel, everyone knows without him UGA woulda never won its only national championship !!! …….dead gum Techies !!!!!

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
11:46 am

LaJollaDawg — And here I thought you were a calm peace-loving gal from the serene coast in La Jolla. Shows you what I know.

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
11:47 am

C’mon — How’s he tarnishing anything?

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
11:47 am

Dan Weiner — In general I agree. At 47, I doubt he can beat the best guys in the sport. But I’m sure he can beat a lot.

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
11:48 am

Larry — If he wasn’t a cream puff before the fight, he certainly was after.

Sonny Clusters

January 31st, 2010
11:51 am

Clusters don’t believe in violence and what Herschel is doing looks violent to us. When we was in school, we was always one to turn the other cheek in a fight situation and then we would give that other person a chance to walk away. If they walked away, fine. If not, we would switch into martial arts Clusters and throw a couple chops and a kick and that was that. Ending a fight quick is important before a coach or a teacher shows up because they will throw detention around like candy in a situation like that.

Unbiased opinion

January 31st, 2010
11:52 am

Simply amazing! Herschel still shows why he is one of the best athletes of all-time!

Cosmos

January 31st, 2010
11:53 am

He’s bringing positive attention to the sport. Sure, he didn’t fight a top contender but this is the way the process works. Lets see how he progresses. He’s one of the most amazing athletes of this generation and he loves to compete. He will have to work a little on the killer instinct though.

Sonny Clusters

January 31st, 2010
11:55 am

We could have been a contender.

the Sports Buffet

January 31st, 2010
11:56 am

Nice piece, Jeff. Yes, Herschel won’t be winning any titles, but he did show some apparent abilities to be able to be competitive rather than an embarrassment. My blog on the fight is here.

Everyone, be sure to catch Jeff on the Sports Buffet radio show tomorrow night. We go live at 8 PM. Click here at showtime to listen live.

Herschel is my hero

January 31st, 2010
11:57 am

Jesus Christ, Herschel beat the crap out of that dude. Herschel was just raining hammers down on the poor sap. He countered the heal hook like a pro. Very impressive take downs.

Bill Bates are you watching.

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
12:06 pm

Sonny — you went to school with Herschel too?

La Jolla Dawg

January 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

Jeff, that was my one foray into MMA, been there now, done that. Though I have to admit that at one point during the fight I might have been yelling, “Beat him into submission!” Remember, I am originally from the South.

Jesupdawg

January 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

Bad bad Leroy Brown. Badest man in this whole damn town. Meaner than a junk yard dawg!

Big L

January 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Herschel not nly has great build , but amazing stamina. Being trained at martial arts and being in control of breathing, Will make the Ol’ Dawg very formidable. It’s not about pummeling the other guy, it’s using what you have and using it to control your composure and your body to outlast an opponent til he can’t fight back. Then you pummel his ass.

Sonny Clusters

January 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Pitchers and catchers report in 18 days. They will be some pitchers in earlier than that for Camp Leo, er, Camp Roger. Jeff, what do you think was the best play you ever saw an Atlanta Braves player make? Some say it was the catch Otis made against Pittsburgh and that was a good one but we was thinking that play Walt Weiss made in the playoffs against Houston was even better.

Big L

January 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

Herschel not only has great build , but amazing stamina. Being trained at martial arts and being in control of breathing, Will make the Ol’ Dawg very formidable. It’s not about pummeling the other guy, it’s using what you have and using it to control your composure and your body to outlast an opponent til he can’t fight back. Then you pummel his ass.

DawgByte

January 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

I’m speechless… goose bumps all over my arms. I’m 48 and I just can’t believe what I saw in a guy only a year behind me. Hershel Walker is a freak of nature, a physical specimen that defies logic and the imagination. I watched all three rounds and Hershel thoroughly and completely dominated Nagy. What you don’t see above is a opening round jab to the face from Walker that knocked Nagy halfway across the ring and a front leg kick that caused Nagy’s rear leg to quiver and almost buckle under.

If MMA was around 20 years ago, one can only imagine how many championship victories Hershel would have under his belt. Hershel could have been a legend in the MMA.

Jeff, there have been a lot of great athletes to come along over the last century, but I think we’d be hard pressed to find one any better than Hershel Walker. I will pay to see Walker’s next fight!!!

Big L

January 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

Sorry bout the doublenpost. Itouch gets wonky sometimes. For all you geniuses that bag on Herschel for competing, get over it. He did himself proud. Control the jelousy and dedicate yourself to something.

The Grinch

January 31st, 2010
12:29 pm

La Jolla Dawg, I watch an awful lot of MMA. You’d be surprised how many women enjoy watching it and the ones who fight are usually WAY more vicious than the men. The men are usually just trying to win; the women often seem bent on disfiguring each other.

Yeah, the other guy was definitely a tomato can, but it still isn’t easy and Herschel looked better to me than a number of fighters I’ve seen in the past. He’s an incredible specimen. And a DGD.

SiddyBoy

January 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

Forget TimmyTebow-Herschel was and still is the greatest!!! He could have run that spread option,thrown enough to keep the defense honest and administered teeth jarring hits off tackle and up the middle.

TT on the other hand may never start an NFL game!!

What a scham...

January 31st, 2010
12:40 pm

there’s a sucker born every minute. And from the looks of many of these posters, there’s quite few who are dog fans.

The organizers of Herschel’s “bogus attempt” at becoming some MMA star will be laughing all the way to the bank after his next fight. Because they know dam# near 100% of you will pay the $49.95 or more to watch it on pay per view. Yeah, the guy’s in phenominal shap. Given the fact that he’s 47 years old, it makes his physique even more phenominal. But don’t kid yourself into thinking this chump he was fighting (1-2 record – would love to see who he beat), was anything more than a patsy. But that’s how the producers/organizers setup the “suckers”. By making them feel like something’s real that isn’t.

But with all the other junk being broadcast over the past decade and beyond (i.e. Reality TV), can I really say I’m surprised. No, not really.

I sure would like to be built like Herschel when I’m 47 though!

Spaulding

January 31st, 2010
12:42 pm

I’ve been watching MMA since it’s inception and have a green belt in Shotokan karate. What I saw in three rounds was someone who defied ring experience. Nagy threw several technical maneuvers at Hershel including an arm bar and heel lock. Hershel was able to easily get out of those attempts and turn the tables on Nagy. Hershel showed great wrestlng capabilities and threw a lightening quick jab in the first round.

In any type of professional fighting you must start slow and work your way up. Hershel showed tremendous potential and will clearly have an advantage on any opponent in terms of strength and stamina. I think Hershel has a solid future, anyone counting him out would be wise to reconsider. Hershel has already proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he defies human standards.

JC

January 31st, 2010
12:42 pm

What he is doing is absolutely amazing at his age. The gym workout training alone for MMA is enough to break most people half his age. Kudos to Herschel. He and Jake Scott are the baddest dudes to ever come out of Athens. Gotta love how Herschel responds to those who tell him he can’t.

To the critics: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”– Teddy Roosevelt

What a scham...

January 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

Cha-Ching!!

DawgByte = a sucker born every minute. Just look at his last sentence from his 12:25 post. Hah!!

Stallionganglia

January 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

Jeff, don’t tease us. The thought of Hershel coming back to Georgia for his senior season at the age of 47, is like seeing a lake in the Sahara. Walker would destroy SEC LB’s and DB’s. I could easily see him running for 2,000 yards and ripping Florida a new one.

DawgByte

January 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

What a scham… you’re obviously a jealous Tech fan. May I remind you (((30-24))). There’s nothing about the bought last night that was a sham. Your simple minded opinion is meaningless. Go to the Tech board and discuss protractors.

Scrub

January 31st, 2010
12:55 pm

As they said, The Legend Lives On. Herschel could whip that fraud Kimbo Slice RIGHT NOW. Realistically, he needs about 5 more beginner fights like this one before he’s ready to move up in class. If he can bend at the waist, move his head, and learn to slip punches (and stay out of heel hooks and arm bars,) he could be as good as any of them. My God, a Freshman. Give the guy some rest!

zzggyy

January 31st, 2010
1:04 pm

Put Tebow in the ring with him & see what happens.

La Jolla Dawg

January 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

Grinch, I am sure you are correct. Not for me though. I didn’t find Herschel’s bout difficult to watch and as I wrote before, I was screaming for him to do more, some of the earlier fights though–nasty.

Herschel Talker

January 31st, 2010
1:12 pm

I told ya’ll I’d crush him.

Sonny Lied

January 31st, 2010
1:12 pm

Pound for pound he’s the best multi-personality fighter in MMA history!

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
1:19 pm

LaJolla — There’s a little Roman gladiator in all of us.

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
1:21 pm

Sonny — Best Braves play ever was Tom House’s catch of Hank’s 715th HR in the bullpen.

Jeff Schultz

January 31st, 2010
1:22 pm

Sonny Lied — Interesting. Is each personalty weighed?

Ole Yeller Dawg

January 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

How Bout Them Dawgs!

1st – Bill Goldberg – Now Herschel!

Do I see another Jack Lalanne in the making?

Thanks Herschel for doing us proud! Take the HYPE all the way to the bank! (by the way I understand all money being earned is to be donated to an inner city youth charity)

cattle dawg

January 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

How in this world does a 47 year old have 4 % body fat? Congrats Herschel

cattle dawg

January 31st, 2010
1:33 pm

Sonny, wasnt Rocker on the mound that day against the Astros? That was a great play and a great game.