1982 Heisman Trophy winner and a 1999 College Hall of Fame inductee Herschel Walker will be returning to the Strikeforce cage finally, after his win over Greg Nagy back in January, at Strikeforce’s upcoming Miami show next month. In his second pro bout, Walker will be talking on (drumroll please) Scott Carson. So, who is Scott Carson?
“I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the one I’ve been reading about on the Internet,’’ he said (by he I mean transcribed by someone at Strikeforce since this is from their press release). “This is a huge deal for me, a tremendous opportunity, but you’d think I was nothing going off what has been written by some of these keyboard warriors, who I doubt have ever stepped in a cage. It’s a lot easier to sit in front of a computer and talk (stuff) than it is to actually fight.” By all means, Scott, please insult the press who are trying to figure out who you are.
Carson turned pro in September 1999 and won his initial four starts through June 2001. A former WEC veteran, Carson scored a first-round submission victory over Bryson Haubrick at the very first WEC event. “They say I’m old at 40 but I don’t feel 40 and I certainly don’t look 40. I think I look 30 and I’m in great shape. I’m ripped, just like Herschel. I’m going to be more ready for Dec. 4 than I have for any other fight. I plan to shut up all the critics, each and every one of them. Let them write something factual after they’ve seen me on Dec. 4.”
Wondering why he has not fought since the start of the century (wow, first time I had the chance to say that ever)? After being sidelined with a back injury and due to several scheduled fights falling out, Carson didn’t return to the cage until last June 12 in Los Angeles. In his last fight in June, Carson got knocked out in the first round by undefeated Lorenz Martin (3-0 going in, 5-0 now).
Main eventing this card on December 4 ( a date that Strikeforce has gotten right so far as opposed to their misprinted DVD’s) is Dan Henderson VS Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and other matches include Paul Daley VS Scott Smith and Matt Lindland VS Robbie Lawler. I would list Antonio Silva VS Valentijn Overeem, but why? We know how that is going to turn out already. I can not criticize Mr. Walker for taking on no-name opponents since he is an older gent and this is not something he plans on pursuing for a belt, more just for fun. With that said, does this need to be on a televised Strikeforce event?