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Herschel Walker Misses Mark on ESPN’s “First Take”

Written by Tom Ngo
September 29th, 2009

Herschel Walker

In case you missed it, newly signed Strikeforce employee Herschel Walker was a guest on this morning’s edition of ESPN’s “First Take.” Although he was there to promote his recent career change and future with the growing San Jose-based organization, Walker decided to focus his attention on the boss of MMA’s biggest show instead.

“Dana [White] always tells people to put their money where your mouth is,” Walker said. “And I’ll tell Dana that since he says I’m so old, why doesn’t step in the ring with me because he’s been practicing (MMA), as well?”

Probably not going to happen, but way to pull the Tito Ortiz card on poor ‘ol Dana. Or, he’s got the cajones to bust a card out from the Lane Kiffin deck where the new kid on the block immediately targets the pond’s biggest fish?

Walker’s retaliation comes on the heels of White’s less-than flattering remarks regarding Strikeforce’s most recent free agent signing.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” White said late last week regarding Walker’s attempt to become an MMA 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?”

Whatever Walker’s intentions were on today’s show, I am sure they weren’t what Strikeforce had in mind when they arranged for Walker to appear on the popular morning show.

As the 47-year-old NFL veteran continued to sift through his resume for the millionth time, emphasizing the importance of how his sixth-degree Tae Kwon Do black belt will affect his MMA game, Walker failed to mention that he was now fighting for STRIKEFORCE.

Oddly, neither Walker nor “ESPN First Take” host Jay Crawford ever mention Strikeforce by name, only stating that Walker will be making his “MMA” debut.

Apparantly, it’s not that important to go on national television and let people know that you signed-on to compete for the second best mixed martial arts game in town …

What’s more peculiar is that 5thRound.com was able to obtain an original copy of Strikeforce’s cliff notes for Walker, yet Herschel never got a hold of it:

1: State your Name – (Herschel Walker)

2: Tell them you fight for Strikeforce

3: Talk about yourself

The good news is that Walker is pretty much doing this MMA gig for free as he announced that his fight purses will be going towards charity. Walker is a supporter of Project Turn Around (also known as Alternative Community Development Services), a community-enrichment nonprofit organization.

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