Former NFL great, Herschel Walker, is slowly proving he’s serious about his career in the MMA world, as he earned his second victory in the octagon at Saturday night’s (January 29) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg fight card.
The 48-year-old won a lopsided victory over Scott Carson, knocking him down with a left hook 20 seconds into the fight at the HP Pavilion, and then pummeling him on the ground for the next two minutes.
When Carson briefly for to his feet, Walker picked him up, slammed him to the ground again, and began raining down punches with Carson barely defending himself.
Carson managed to get back up once more, but Walker just overwhelmed him with another left and knocked him down once more, before the referee stepped in at 3:13 of the first round to call the fight.
Still Carson, wasn’t much of an opponent. Walker has yet to prove himself against a real opponent, and will need to if he plans to make any real noise within the sport.
“I was OK,” Walker said in regard to his performance on Saturday. “I’ve got to be on offense. Being a young MMA fighter, I’ve got to control what I’m doing in the cage.”
Walker moves to 2-0 as a pro-fighter.
According to MMAFighting.com, Walker handpicked Carson as his opponent. He only fought once in the last nine and a half years, which he lost. However, the win will ensure that he gets a third chance to fight for Strikeforce, and hopefully, Walker takes on a decent fighter.
From what Walker said after his win Saturday, he wants to do just that.
“MMA is my love,” he said.
Still, it’s good to see he’s easing into MMA and not trying too much too soon. But at 48 years of age, how much longer can he really fight?
Walker began his MMA journey in 2009 when he began training at the American Kickboxing Academy, a renowned MMA gym in San Jose and home to the likes of MMA stars like UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and UFC welterweight title contenders Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck.
He made his MMA debut last January, where he displayed decent striking and grappling, manhandling 26-year-old Greg Nagy for a third-round TKO and his first professional victory.
The night’s main event saw Nick Diaz defending his welterweight crown against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos by submission. Diaz made Cyborg tap with a devastating second-round armbar.
Also during the night Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza submitted former EliteXC middleweight, Robbie Lawler, with a third-round rear-naked choke, as the Brazilian defended his Strikeforce middleweight crown in the co-main event.