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?