48 year-old Herschel Walker made his debut into the MMA world at “Strikeforce:Miami” where he received mixed reviews on his fight. Many fans thought it would be a one-time deal, but Walker says he’s ready to do it all over again.
“I’m going to fight one more,” Walker said at the post-event press conference for yesterday’s “Strikeforce: Nashville” event. “Right now, I’m getting ready to get back into AKA [American Kickboxing Academy] and do one more fight.”
In his debut fight, Walker won over Greg Nagy in a 3rd round TKO stoppage. But many fans weren’t that impressed by his break-out performance. And although he has a background in combat sports, Walker admitted he did and still does, have a lot to learn. Right now he’s letting his trainer tell him when he’s ready to fight again.
“When I first came in the gym, they were impressed with my cardio,” Walker said. “There was a lot of knowledge that I had to learn about the fight game. I had been in Tae Kwon Do, but the fight game was a little different. I got that under my belt. Now I’m going to get back in the gym, and I’m going to leave it to Javier (Mendez) and Bob Cook and Dave (Camarillo) to say when they think I should step back into the cage. I may think I’m ready to go right away. They may think it may be longer, so I’m really leaving it all up to them because they’ve taken care of me so far.”
Even though he hasn’t been training with the AKA camp for awhile, Walker stated that he’s continuing to work on improving his skills.
“I don’t think anybody can become a black belt in jiu-jitsu in five years,” Walker said. “It’s going to take a long time. What you can do is familiarize yourself, and I think you saw that [at “Strikeforce: Nashville”] with a lot of the jiu-jitsu guys. This is a human chess match when you talk about jiu-jitsu. That’s one thing that I really want to learn. I’ve got Dave Camarillo out in San Jose, so what he did is have me work on some things when I was away. When I get back out there with the guys, we can work on some other things.”
Strikeforce has announced for cards for May and June, both of which Walker could be added to, but he’s not sure when he’ll be back in the cage again, only that it’s ASAP since he’s not getting any younger.
“I’d definitely like to do it before the end of the year,” Walker said. “It’s not like I’m a young, spring chicken here.”