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Injury costs Herschel Walker Dec. 4 Strikeforce fight

Former Eagles and NFL running back Herschel Walker,

Former Eagles and NFL running back Herschel Walker, 47, who is in training for his mixed martial arts debut, speaks to the media regarding his entrance to MMA from inside Gallagher's Steak House in New York, Wednesday, January 13, 2010. His first fight is January 30 in Miami. (Alfred Giancarli/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) Photo Credit: MCT/Alfred Giancarli

Herschel Walker said the hardest hit he ever took in his football career came Chicago Bears middle linebacker Mike Singeltary. Still, he got up and kept playing.

No such luck with his mixed martial arts training.

Walker suffered a deep cut under his left this past Monday, thus scratching him from his Dec. 4 Strikeforce fight against Scott Carson.

It would have been his second MMA fight, but the cut required multiple stitches for Walker, who trains at AKA in San Jose, Calif. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez also trains at AKA and with Walker.

“I feel terrible about this,’’ said Walker, who was cut from a knee strike while training with AKA teammate and two-time United States Olympic wrestling team member Daniel Cormier. “I know things like this happen in all sports, but I had trained very hard and was excited to be returning to the cage again. I hope to fight again as soon as the cut heals.’’



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