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Herschel Walker fighting in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)? If the former USFL/NFL star has his way, he would test his mixed martial arts (MMA) skills inside the Octagon before he ties a ribbon around his professional combat sports career.
Herschel Walker has accomplished great things throughout his sports career.
From winning the Heisman Trophy back in 1982 as a college football player to dominating the United States Football League (USFL) and National Football League (NFL) gridiron as a running back for the New Jersey Generals, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings up until 1997, Walker excelled throughout his 16-year professional career.
If that wasn't enough, he even dabbled in a bit of Olympic bobsledding.
Then, the long-time karate practitioner took the bold leap into mixed martial arts (MMA), earning an undefeated (2-0) professional record under the Strikeforce banner, defeating Greg Nagy in 2010 and Scott Carson in 2011, both via technical knockout.
And he did it one the verge of turning 50 years old.
Walker, now 51 hasn't called it quits on his MMA career yet even though he hasn't seen the inside of a cage in more than two years. In fact, before he hangs up his gloves for good, Walker revealed on The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan that he has possibly got one more fight left in him.
"I would love to do it again. I absolutely love MMA. I think it's an excellent sport. I'm a little bit older and having to work a little bit harder. I tell people all the time, if you want to do this sport, you got to get out and you got to train. You can't just step out there and think you're going to fight in that cage because a lot of those guys are trained to hurt you. If I was younger, I would be doing it right now. Because I'm a little bit older and I have a business going, I would like to do one more fight and then, I think, it's time for me step aside and give it to the young people. But I would love to do one more fight."
When asked where he would like his MMA swan song to take place, Walker said he wants to do it on the biggest stage of them all, inside the famous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon. It's uncertain if UFC President Dana White would be down for it, considering he is opposed to sideshows.
However, Walker takes the sport serious. And he is certainly no different than Randy Couture in terms of age, Ronda Rousey in terms of risk and James Toney in terms of "freak show" factor. Hell, even Brock Lesnar was given the opportunity ... and look how that turned out.
Time will tell.
In the meantime, Walker -- who has honed his MMA skills training at famed American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, Calif., training alongside Daniel Cormier, Jon Fitch and current UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez -- will likely continue to remain in amazing shape. And if he can do that, as well as get licensed by a state athletic commission, it might not be such a bad idea.
There are, and have been, worse.