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Dana White: Not Impressed By Herschel Walker




mma.fanhouse.com has some comments by Dana White on Strikeforce's latest "blockbuster" signing:

I think it's ridiculous.  People think we're anti-competition?  We're anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50-year-old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there are putting out a press release like it's a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker?  Are you serious?  Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight?  Who the fuck are they going to find to fight Herschel Walker?  A guy in a wheelchair?  It's completely disrespectful to the sport.

Dana, while being a blowhard and a braggard who rubs a lot of people the wrong way, is pretty on the money this time.  It's going to look pretty bad for Strikeforce regardless of how Walker's fights go.  Either they send a 50-year-old into a cage to get pummeled ruthlessly or they have some of their fighters look like chumps getting beaten by an old man.  You can get away with this kind of thing in professional wrestling, but it doesn't fly in MMA.  Randy Couture has been one of the greatest MMA fighters in the world for years and years, but there's going to be a point at which UFC will stop booking him or he'll retire before it gets too embarrassing for him to be competing at an advanced age.  This kind of stunt may get a flash rating or big gate in CA where everyone loves both Strikeforce and Herschel Walker, but it makes Strikeforce look fairly second-rate.