It didn’t take long for UFC president Dana White to begin his thrashing of Herschel Walker after the former NFL great signed-on to compete for Strikeforce. White’s not concerned the 47-year-old will make any kind of dent into his MMA monopoly; he’s actually worried for the dude’s health.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” White stated during an interview on Inside The Ultimate Fighter. “People think we’re anti-competition? We’re anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50 year old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it’s a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?”
Strikeforce announced the controversial signing this past week, raising eyebrows of many, however interests of few.
Walker has studied martial arts for quite some time, and is currently a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He stated at last month’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event that he would like to try his hand at the pro world of MMA someday, however most took that in jest.
“Strikeforce is a small, little, regional show,” White mater of factly stated. “The geniuses over at Showtime, these guys are the most arrogant, pompous, cocky jackasses I’ve ever met in my whole life!”
In addition to adding a “fighter” to their roster that nobody is interested in seeing compete, White wonders what athletic commission would dare license Walker at this stage in his life/career.
“Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight?” White asked. “Who the [expletive] they going to find to fight Herschel Walker? A guy in a wheelchair?
“It’s completely disrespectful to the sport.”