I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the one I’ve been reading about on the Internet. 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… I am trying to take it all in stride, but I have no idea why some people are talking so negatively without ever having seen me. They don’t know me. I’m pretty well-rounded with good standup and wrestling… 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 been 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…I’m really excited about fighting a great athlete like Herschel. I’m training every day. But the fact that some people aren’t giving me a chance is only giving me extra motivation. This is going to be a great fight.

—Herschel Walker’s Dec. 4 opponent, Scott Carson, blasting the media “keyboard warriors” in a Strikeforce press release

I have to say this is one of the dumber things Strikeforce has ever sent out a press release for. I didn’t criticize Walker’s opponent like others have, but I can’t disagree with what they said either. When you bring in an unknown 40-yr old who hasn’t won a fight in nine years to fight someone like Herschel Walker, what do you expect people to say? Of course, you’re bringing him in to lose and of course it’s all a shameless press and ratings grab.

The Herschel Walker experiment was fine the first time. He was very respectful, proved it wasn’t about money and worked his butt off to get in the cage and fight. I applaud him for it, but it was a novelty. It’s not the type of fight anyone wants to see every six months. If you’re going to continue to put Walker in featured bouts, at least treat him like every other fighter and put him against someone that at least appears on paper like he has a chance to win.

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