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Another meaningless Herschel Walker fight

I’m not the only one who’s exasperated that Strikeforce went on another lengthy search for the weakest opponent possible for Herschel Walker. Here’s Ben Fowlkes with a smackdown:

The real shame is, maybe Walker can fight. He’s certainly not quite championship material, but maybe even at 48 he could give some of the younger guys a real go. Then again, maybe not, but it doesn’t matter since Strikeforce won’t even give him, or us, a chance to find out. Coker would rather have him win meaningless fights than potentially lose a legitimately interesting one.

If that’s all Strikeforce ever plans to do with Walker, it would be better to go ahead and end this little experiment right now. It may be good for some cheap headlines, but in the long run it will only harm the organization’s credibility. How could it not? In the weeks leading up to this bout, the company’s CEO is going to have to repeatedly defend the choice of Carson as an opponent, and in so doing attempt to sell the fans on the idea that this guy is somehow worthy of fighting on Showtime.

If I’m an educated MMA fan and I hear that incredible statement coming out of Coker’s mouth, I can only conclude that he thinks I’m an idiot. He thinks I don’t have the ability to look up the guy’s record and do some quick math, otherwise he’d never try to tell me that this fight is worthy of a main card slot in what he’d have me believe is a serious MMA organization.

It’s laughable, or at least it would be if it weren’t so insulting.

Strikeforce doesn’t want to see Walker fight. It wants him to show up and wave to the crowd, pose for a few pictures, then get a win on TV. His actual skills aren’t what matters to Strikeforce, so there’s no need to find out whether he really has any. That’s a cynical way to approach matchmaking. It’s also one that, in the long run, will do more harm than good.

Personally I just want a real MMA fighter to rip Herschel’s head clean off his body and punt it into the rafters. Is that really too much to ask for?

  • GoldenArms

    I dont think Strikeforce cares what you think considering you illegally stream the events rather than pay for them. Herschel is a attraction for the casual fans who have money to spend. Hello? McFly! Are you people really that ignorant or do you feel the need to get on your high horse and preach to the masses?

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    They better hope he doesn’t get Lashley’d.

  • subo

    GoldenArms doing the Biff voice = priceless

    I hope he has Chad Griggs in his corner.

  • RaginAsian

    Personally, I could care less how biased they make their fights or even who they decide to televise and who not to. Just don’t try to blow smoke up my ass about it being anything other than what it is: a good ol’ fashioned freakshow.

  • glassjawsh

    1-0 fighter fights a 4-1 fighter WHAT THE FUCK IS THEIR PROBLEM???!??!!?!?!?!?narf?!?!?!?!

    this is dumb. he is fighting up to his skill level and is worthy of fighting for strikeforce because people want to see him fight.

    to believe otherwise is stupid and elitist

  • agentsmith

    Glassjawsh is correct, acting like a 1-0 newb should be thrown in with a legit contender in order to “earn” his place on the main card is silly. He’s a famous sports star who people will want to see, that’s all there is to it. What are they supposed to do, feed him to Fedor?

  • Nachtfalter

    If he can’t fight Heavyweights on the Strikeforce level, he shouldn’t fight in Strikeforce. It’s as simple as that. I’m not suggesting he fights Fedor, but if he can’t compete with guys like Brandon Cash or other lower-level Strikeforce Heavyweights he has no business being a part of the organization.

    And I don’t believe for a second that there’s even one sucker out there who gets a Showtime subscription just to see Herschel Walker fight a can once or twice a year, so this whole “he draws in viewers” argument holds no merit, either. It would make more sense if the card was on CBS, but certainly not on Showtime.

  • aaronb

    Good lord when did you become such a hater? If the dude wants to fight, let him fight.

    I don’t see Herschel Walker getting on his internet soapbox and deriding you for jerking off 7 hours a day? Why does it matter to you that the dude is going to fight?

  • aaronb

    Dude got all kinds of press for SF when he fought the first time. PTI, Sportscener, Jim Rome, etc.

    Maybe Herschel Walker himself doesn’t get people to buy showtime? But maybe he brings a few extra sets of eyes who decide MMA is worth the 10 bucks for showtime? It’s the rising tide theory.

  • subo

    Rising tide of shit.

  • aaronb

    So what exactly do YOU propose? Nobody is allowed to fight unless its cleared thru Zuffa fanboi Subo beforehand?

    If dude wants to fight, let dude fight. What exactly is the outrage in that?