After he took his first steps into MMA back in 2010, winning two professional fights in the Strikeforce hexagon, Herschel Walker looked an absolute powerhouse who could beat anyone before him – even though he was in his late forties at the time. Afterwards, he dropped out of the scene, but what happened to this amazing sportsman?

College & Pro Football Legend

During his college days Herschel Walker was a fearsome running back with the University of Georgia Bulldogs, therefore he’ll no doubt be proud to see his former team rating highly in the latest American football odds, tipped at +1400 to win the NCAA Championship this year.

Walker was a key component of the Bulldogs side that won the 1981 NCAA Championship. What’s more, he remains the only college player to ever rank in the top three for the Heisman Trophy three years running, winning it himself in 1982. His obvious talent was also recognized by winning the SEC Player of the Year award three times, along with being an All-American three years in a row. Impatient to turn pro, Walker spent three years with the New Jersey Generals in the now-defunct USFL. Starting and finishing his NFL days with the Dallas Cowboys, either side of spells with the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants; Walker set numerous yardage records that still stand since his retirement. Although none of his teams won NFL championships, his individual achievements remain in the highest esteem. Multi-Disciplined Sportsman & Martial Artist Beyond football, Walker is passionate about other sports and activities. He represented the United States in the two-man bobsleigh at the 1992 Winter Olympics, eventually finishing ninth in the competition alongside teammate Brian Shimer. In 1988 and during his first stint with the Dallas Cowboys, Walker even danced with the Fort Worth Ballet in a one-off performance.


After his retirement from gridiron, Walker continued to pursue his love for martial arts, including kickboxing and boxing, while he’s also a fifth-degree black belt in taekwondo. At one point and thanks to his martial arts training, Walker even claimed that he felt fit enough to consider a return to the NFL, despite being in his late forties at the time. For that reason, it’s hardly surprising that he went on to test his skills in the cage.

Following an appearance on the Inside MMA show as a guest, Walker signed for Strikeforce and fought two bouts in the hexagon. The first was against Greg Nagy in January 2010, winning by TKO, while the second with the same outcome was against Scott Carson exactly a year later in 2011. Beyond those two fights, Walker didn’t appear again in the hexagon, or get to make his long-anticipated debut in the octagon, leaving fans to wonder what might have been.

Why Walker Walked Away From MMA

Despite being keen to carry on fighting, even in his mid-to-late fifties, back in 2017, Walker revealed to FloCombat that he’d given up on MMA, simply because nobody would take him on. He explained that while he did it for fun, donating his fight purses to charity, he did want to step up his level of competition, aiming to fight some of the best in MMA.


However, the problem for Walker is that while he was eager for some seriously top-level fights, nobody wanted to fight him. He still believes it was because none of the best MMA fighters around wanted to risk their career prospects, in the face of potentially losing against him. Given such confidence in his physical form, fitness and ability, this makes it all the more unfortunate that we didn’t get to see Walker in action more often.

Nevertheless, Walker remains impressively fit and active in the gym and still loves participating in training fights, whichever of his favorite martial arts disciplines he’s practicing. He also supports and encourages young Bellator MMA fighters like 23-year-old Aaron Pico, who despite recent defeats, is still tipped for greatness in the future. If only Walker had been afforded that opportunity when he wanted it.

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