“I think it’s ridiculous. 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?…Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight? Who the f**k are they going to find to fight Herschel Walker? A guy in a wheelchair?…It’s completely disrespectful to the sport…I wouldn’t even put Herschel Walker on The Ultimate Fighter”
—Dana White, via MMA Fanhouse, reacting to the news that Strikeforce has signed 47-year-old Herschel Walker
Despite what Dana White thinks, Strikeforce has attracted quite a bit of mainstream attention from the signing, but still, this smells eerily similar to EliteXC and Kimbo Slice which ironically worked to the UFC’s favor in the end. I don’t expect Strikeforce to shoehorn Walker into any main events any time soon, but it’s still not going to reflect well on Strikeforce and Showtime if they put him on an undercard bout of a major card and Herschel looks like an inexperienced 47-year-old who has no business being in the cage.
AKA trainer/Strikeforce matchmaker Bob Cook thinks Herschel has potential, so we’ll see, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think this was going to come back to bite Strikeforce in the ass.