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    Star Hershel Walker Set To Fight G. Howe: Dana White Responds

    47 year old former NFL star Herschel Walker created a big stir when he signed to compete in MMA for the Strikeforce organization. Today, Strikeforce announced that Herschel Walker's opponent on January 30th 2010 would be none other than another sporting legend, Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Gordie Howe.

    Scott Coker announced the signing in the press release saying:

    "Thirty years ago, Gordie Howe proved that age is just a number, when he played all 80 games for the NHL's Hartford Whalers at the age of 51. On January 30th, 2010, Gordie Howe is going to prove that age is just a number once again.

    He's taking his training for this fight very seriously, and the one thing that we've learned is that you just can't count out a world-class athlete like Gordy. He can do whatever he wants to do, and he'll get his chance against Herschel Walker."

    UFC president Dana White did not respond positively to this latest Strikeforce announcement:

    "This is (expletive) riddiculous! Gordie Howe was a great athlete, and someone whom I consider a friend, but if age doesn't matter, then why isn't he playing in the NHL anymore? Why? Because HE'S TOO (EXPLETIVE) OLD!!

    This fight is nothing more than a freak show, and it's a (expletive) disgrace to the sport. We don't do that kind of thing in the UFC, but Strikeforce is going to ruin this thing for everybody."

    Obviously some harsh words from Mr. White, but is he being hypocritical? The UFC recently announced the signing of 53 year-old Frank Dux to take on the 42 year-old in a battle for the aged at UFC 110 in Sydney Australia. When asked about it, Dana White had this to say:

    "Oh My god! This is not the (expletive) same thing as Herschel Walker vs. Gordie Howe. Let me tell you something about Frank Dux. Frank Dux was fighting in the Kumite (allegedly) thirty years ago. This guy brings a ton of experience, and is a legend in the sport. If you compare Gordie Howe to Frank Dux, I'm going to (expletive) puke!"

    Joe Rogan also commented on the bout saying:

    "Frank Dux has had some injuries in the past, but time heals all wounds and Frank Dux has had like 20 years off, so I expect that we'll see the very best Frank Dux ever when he faces off against Renzo Gracie."

    Whatever you believe, it's clear that there is a new trend in MMA of signing older and more experienced fighters. Consider for instance the recent mega-contracts given out to 46 year-old Randy Couture and 39 year-old Dan Henderson.

    Couture still has six five fights remaining on his contract, and has stated a desire to keep fighting so that his unborn grandchildren get a chance to watch their grandfather compete at the highest level of the sport.

    Add on to that the upcoming fights between Couture and legend Mark Coleman, and Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz and it's easy to see that Strikeforce and the UFC are trending towards an aging MMA audience.

    This all seems to go back to some market research that shows MMA fans are far more interested in watching older fighters than they are in watching up-and-coming prospects.

    Could this eventually lead to the creation of a "Legends" league within the UFC? Who knows. One thing for certain, 50 is the new 40 in MMA, and 60 is only ten years older than that.

    It has come to the point where Matt Hughes has stated his desire to not fight contenders like Jon Fitch (31), and Josh Koscheck (32) because at their young ages, they simply don't bring the kind of excitement that comes in every Matt Hughes fight.

    In a related story, the recent Strikeforce signing of Bobby Orr has prompted Jake Shields to call out the NHL legend.

    "Bobby Orr says that he's a Stanley Cup Champion, but I don't think he wants to fight me. If you're a champion, then you're supposed to be fighting the best. I'm here to challenge myself, and I want this fight, but Bobby Orr is scared."

    Orr could not be reached for immediate comment.

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    Default Re: Hershel Walker Set To Fight G. Howe: Dana White Responds

    If you can take something from wrestling, it's that age obviously effects performance. Randy Lewis would not lose to Deonte Penn if he was 30. If fact, he wouldn't have even been scored on.

    Dana White's mouth is not helping UFC and the only reason it hasn't hurt them majorly is because the majority of the pay-per-view buyers have never heard him speak.

    His complaining about Herschel Walker fighting sounds like a 15-year-old girl jealous about a boy in school. Same goes for his incessant rambling about how Fedor isn't the best heavyweight, Henderson 'being forced' to sign with Strikeforce, and any number of other obvious losses he has had.

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    Default Re: Hershel Walker Set To Fight G. Howe: Dana White Responds

    Obviously this is not real. Im actually intrigued to see walker fight, similar to watching kimbo but probably with more skill.

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    More skill???? Come on PJ.
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    Default Re: Hershel Walker Set To Fight G. Howe: Dana White Responds

    Yes, he is a 6th degree blackbelt in tkd, was a world class athlete, and trains with a top mma camp.

    Kimbo has no background, was never a world class athlete, and the reports i hear is that he does not actually do much training with att but it is more just at front.

    Either way neither will never be a serious contender in mma, but both have the freak show element which draws you in.

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    Does anyone know how old Kimbo really is?
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    Default Re: Hershel Walker Set To Fight G. Howe: Dana White Responds

    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    Yes, he is a 6th degree blackbelt in tkd, was a world class athlete, and trains with a top mma camp.

    Kimbo has no background, was never a world class athlete, and the reports i hear is that he does not actually do much training with att but it is more just at front.

    Either way neither will never be a serious contender in mma, but both have the freak show element which draws you in.
    Bro this is MMA. I'm not concerned with how much TKD the guy has or SUMO experience, or SAFTA, (look that up you don't even know what that means) or pit fighting, I want to know how long he's been training and what type of combat skills he has that translate to MMA. I'm not concerned with he was a world class athlete 25 years ago.
    Lets go Brent!

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    And don't give me no background where Kimbo is concerned. The guy has legitimate hands, footwork/movement. Don't tell me he just fights like that without having trained in boxing. I believe we're going to have another Johnny Morton situation with Walker.
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    Default Re: Hershel Walker Set To Fight G. Howe: Dana White Responds

    Quote Originally Posted by Adolf Oliverbush View Post
    And don't give me no background where Kimbo is concerned. The guy has legitimate hands, footwork/movement. Don't tell me he just fights like that without having trained in boxing. I believe we're going to have another Johnny Morton situation with Walker.
    AO, I disagree. Morton had extremely limited (no) mma/martial arts training. As PJ said, Walker is a black belt in TKD, and is a world class athlete. He has also been training in a real camp. We shall see.
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