I'll admit, Herschel Walker fighting intrigues me on a certain level. A freak of nature and tremendous athlete, Walker dazzled crowds in football stadiums for many years and now has decided to plant his eyes on the world of mixed martial arts. But am I the only one left?
Walker signed with Strikeforce in 2009 and made his debut a little less than a year ago to some acclaim, as Strikeforce made a smart decision by having him debut the week prior to the NFL's Super Bowl in the same market the event was being held in. At the time, Walker's debut was a hit for Strikeforce and he defeated Greg Nagy by TKO in the third round.
Now, it seems as returns on Walker are quickly diminishing as Walker's sophomore effort with Strikeforce, when he faces Scott Carson at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" on Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., has drawn little interest from the media and without that, what purpose does having Walker fight really serve?
With Strikeforce struggling for card space for its regular fighters as it is, will having Walker continue to fight justify diminishing media returns?
Walker clearly is taking fighting seriously, but how long can the soon-to-be 49-year old continue to fight? Who knows, the media interest in this fight could blow up in the next two days. We've seen it happen before, albeit not for Strikeforce shows. This entire Strikeforce card has flown so far under the radar I think a lot of people are unaware it's happening. That's a shame considering the talent on this card. Not to mention nobody is talking about the Heavyweight Grand Prix anymore despite the fact that Fedor Emelianenko is fighting in two weeks. Yes, Fedor is fighting in two weeks and nobody is talking about it. That should tell you all you need to know.
Walker is great and drew some solid curiosity as he made the media rounds for his first fight. We'll know how much curiosity he generated for this fight when the ratings come in, but as of right now, it's not looking good.