NFL Hall of Fame-worthy running back Herschel Walker is set to make his mixed martial arts debut against Greg Nagy at Strikeforce: "Miami" at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Jan. 30, 2010.
Uniting Locals Through Mixed Martial Arts (ULTMMA) was the first to scoop the story and MMAmania.com has since been able to confirm with promotion officials that the bout is indeed in the works.
In fact, the Florida State Boxing Commission just recently provided its stamp of approval and all that awaits now to make it 100 percent official is the blessing of Showtime executives.
Walker, 47, will be making his debut in the sport after a legendary run on the gridiron as one of the best tailbacks to ever put on a pair of shoulder pads. He's apparently practiced Taekwondo for years, indicating that his passion for martial arts and competition was the driving force that pushed him toward this latest chapter in his life.
How well that experience translates inside the cage remains to be seen. However, Walker has been refining and adding to his skills in San Jose, Calif., under the direction of world-class trainers at American Kickboxing Academy, to ensure that he is prepared as much as possible for fight night.
Nagy, 26, on the other hand, has more professional experience under his belt, competing twice under the Rage in the Cage banner. He's split right down the middle (1-1), dropping his most recent contest to Francisco Navarro via unanimous decision back in Nov. 2009.
Walker -- who plans to donate his winnings to charity -- and Nagy will battle on the televised main card, which is scheduled to begin airing on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET.
Strikeforce: "Miami" features a main event between Nick Diaz and DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis for the promotion's vacant 170-pound world title. Female powerhouse Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will put her 145-pound title on the line against Marloes Coenen in the co-featured fight of the night.
In addition, feared K-1 striker "Marvelous" Melvin Manhoef will make his Strikeforce debut opposite the power-punching "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler. And joining them on the main card is the welterweight showdown between Jay "The Thoroughbred" Hieron and Joe "Diesel" Riggs.
Not too shabby.
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