Herschel Walker, the 47-year-old former footballer who last week signed with Strikeforce, was a guest today on ESPN’s First Take. Walker took issue with UFC President Dana White’s comment that the “ridiculous” signing hurt the sport, challenging White to a fight during the appearance and declaring the he could beat any heavyweight from The Ultimate Fighter 10.
“Who ever made him the guy to measure athletic talent?” said Walker. “I don’t think Dana knows anything about athletic talent. He knows about fighters, which is different, but I will say this: He’s running a show right now with heavyweights and I’ll put dimes to donuts, all the heavyweights on his show right now I will beat. That’s pretty easy to say. I always tell people put their money where their mouth is. Dana says I’m so old? Why doesn’t he step into the ring with me?”
Despite his issues with White’s comments, Walker still had praise to offer for the UFC President and co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
“We got to give Dana his props,” said Walker. “Dana and the Fertittas have done a great, great job with the UFC.”
Walker, who is training with American Kickboxing Academy for his MMA debut, added that he hopes to fight before the end of the year, likely debuting with Strikeforce on Showtime in December. He plans on donating his salary from the bout to charity.