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Herschel Walker wins again

Former NFL football player Herschel Walker, left, punches

Former NFL football player Herschel Walker, left, punches Scott Carson during the first round of a Strikeforce heavyweight fight in San Jose, Calif. Walker won by TKO in the first round. (Jan. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Herschel Walker is a prelim fighter with a broadcast name.

That is not a dig, so don't read it as such. Rather, it's an accurate analysis of Walker as a mixed martial artist, one that Walker would absolutely agree with.

He has two professional fights, both of which came against fighters as green as him. The 48-year-old Walker, a Heisman Trophy winner back in 1982, has no delusions about his MMA career, however long it may last.

But on Saturday night at Strikeforce, broadcast on Showtime, Walker won another MMA fight. This time, he knocked out Scott Carson in the first round. He opened with a kick that dropped Carson, then worked some ground and pound as Carson laid on the map and covered up. He eventually made it to his feet late in the round, and Walker landed a big left hook that ended the fight.

"I'm happy with it  I won, but I'm going right back to the gym to continue to train," Walker said after the fight.

Carson is a tomato can. So was Greg Nagy, Walker's first opponent. Again, that's not a shot at Walker's skills. He's just very green, what with only training MMA at AKA in San Jose, Calif., for little more than a year. He says he wants to keep fighting. Let's hope he does because Walker is one of the greatest athletes of his generation -- and the generation after that.


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