Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner, made his debut in MMA back on Jan. 30 of 2010 against Greg Nagy. The 48-year old was able to stop the much younger Nagy in the third round after overwhelming the little-known fighter.
The former NFL Pro Bowler was able to bring a great deal of exposure to MMA through his previous career accoplishments. Despite the lack of a big name opponent, Walker was able to garner a large amount of interest from the mainstream sports media.
He'll get the chance to do it again versus another relative unknown in Carson.
This will mark just the second fight for Carson after a nine year absence from the sport due to a back injury. He returned in June against Lorenz Larkin and was knocked out in the first round.
Not much of a welcome back.
A veteran of just four professional fights, his timing with this bout is fitting for his career path. Just 12 days after squaring off with Walker for Strikeforce, the WEC will host it's final event before merging with the UFC. Carson, 40, actually competed on the very first fight card held by the WEC in June of 2001. He defeated Bryson Haubrick by submission in the first round.
If he can do the same to Walker, it could mark the revival of his once unsteady career.
The upcoming Strikeforce event for Jan. 29 in San Jose is expected to feature a middleweight title fight pitting current champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza against the heavy hands of "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.
Herschel Walker and Nick Diaz are also expected to compete.
Stay tuned to MMAMania.com for more updates on this event.