Wednesday, January 13, 2010
AKA trainer Javier Mendez: "When they first said Herschel Walker wanted to train for a fight, I said 'No way. He's 47! ...But he's been besting all his sparring partners with the exception of Cain Velasquez." Luke Rockholt and Bobby Southworth are also present, and they further attest that Walker is a real-deal badass. "He's going to be successful at this just like he's been successful at everything else in his life," says Southworth.
MMA Journalist is here at the Strikeforce/Herschel Walker press luncheon at Gallagher's Steak House in Midtown Manhattan, a celebration of the Heisman Trophy winner's impending MMA debut as well as the joys of finely-prepared red meat. Present are, of course, Walker himself, and journos such as Ariel Helwani (interestingly, he's not a mermaid in real life) and the esteemed Fight Nerd. I spoke briefly with Walker, who is very friendly and personable. He's excited for his fight, and is confident, and when I asked him to compare the rigors of football training and fight training, he said MMA is way tougher. "Oh, it's definitely tougher," he said, but was quick to extoll the virtues of his team, American Kickboxing Academy.