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Dana White on Herchel Walker’s move to MMA: ‘It’s absolutely disrespectful’, ‘Because he’s too f****** old’

Herschel WalkerFormer NFL superstar Herschel Walker made headlines recently when it was announced that the lifelong athlete would be trying his hand at the sport of mixed martial arts at forty-seven years of age.

Not known for sitting on his hands when questions are thrown his direction, especially in regards to competing promotion’s and their stables of fighters, UFC President Dana White recently had this to say regarding Strikeforce’s newest heavyweight acquisition during a recent Inside The Ultimate Fighter podcast:

I think it’s ridiculous. People think we’re anti-competition? We’re anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50-year-old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it’s a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?

Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight? Who the f*** are they going to find to fight Herschel Walker? A guy in a wheelchair?

Walker recently had the chance to fire back at White’s comments during an episode of ESPN First Take, where the former running back went as far as to extend an offer to the UFC figurehead to settle their differences the old fashioned way:

Who ever made [Dana White] the guy to measure athletic talent? I don’t think (he) 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?

Most recently ULTMMA.com was able to catch up with Dana during a recent appearance at the Arizona Mills Mall, where he had a little more verbal fuel to toss into the flame:

He’s an incredibly talented athlete, or was. Would you not agree that Herschel Walker was one of the greatest football players of all time? Why isn’t he playing football anymore? Because he’s too f****** old, that’s why he’s no playing football anymore. And it’s absolutely disrespectful for him to think that he’s 47 years old and can’t play football anymore, but he can come over and fight? It’s like Randy Couture is two years younger than him, should he play in the NFL? No. I’ve got two word for you Herschel: Johnny Morton, okay.

27 COMMENTS
  • edub says:

    So Herschel thinks he could beat any guy on the show. Hmmmmmmm…..

    I think he could beat Abe, and maybe… nope thats it.

    Dana is a prick.

    Thats all I have to say about that.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I am kind of leaning towards Danas side on this one. I think Strikeforce would be better served to have Walker fight in a few amateur bouts first, then bring him in if he does well.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    We already have seen with the whole Dream Jose Canseco deal that just because you are (or were) a great athleate and you have been studying Martial arts for a while that does not mean you can fight professionels. It is like saying a guy like Mike Tyson played backyard football all his life lets put him in the nfl.

  • sigmund says:

    Dana’s absoulutly right on this one. I think it takes away from the legitimacy of mma as a professional sport when you can just jump in and be a pro fighter in one of the biggest organizations in mma just because you were a football player in the NFL god knows how many years ago. I know big names sell tickets and all that shit but I do not agree with walker being in professional mma at all. like dana said hes just do F’in old. just imagine if(when) someone knocks his old ass out so bad his neck breaks… or worse. Potential for lots of bad things to come of this..

  • DoctorDave says:

    Maybe if were lucky, strikeforce will put walker up against mohammed ali once he’s signed. Then Janice dickinson will fight cyborg..WTF!

  • mikee1980 says:

    Next thing you know he will be challenging Fedor. Rediculous.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    since D’Anus has never disrespected anybody it is perfectly acceptable for him to tell others they are being disrespectful.

    [/sarcasm]

  • David Andrest says:

    Biggest fight in Tuf history. Kimbo vs. H.Walker make it happen.

  • David Andrest says:

    S**t that would probably be disrespectful

  • edub says:

    No no no. Biggest fight in mma history. H. Walker vs. Bo Jackson. Make that happen.

  • edub says:

    Bo knows MMA.

  • metalmulisha says:

    edub: No no no. Biggest fight in mma history. H. Walker vs. Bo Jackson. Make that happen.

    The biggest fight in MMA history has already been booked.

    Butterbean vs Tank.

  • metalmulisha says:

    People who’re saying Dana is absolutely right here need to get a clue.

    Who knows how this guy really feels. He may feel this way and then again he may not who knows, but you can’t take anything seriously because who knows if you’re getting an honest opinion on anything or more typical Dana BS.

    It’s always rhetoric to make himself and his company look the best whether he actually believes it or not is irrelevant to him. He’ll say what he thinks he has to regardless of how big a lie it is.
    Basically no matter what he’s going to put a negative spin on anything non UFC even if the subject being attacked is good for the sport or not.

    As for Walker me personally yeah I know he’s 47, but he is a great athlete and has said he’s been training in martial arts for 25 years, is a big MMA fan, and wants to get in the cage at least once which he said is the plan now to see what he can do, and if Strikeforce is going to give him that opportunity why shouldn’t he take it?
    Any MMA fan that does think it’s so disrespectful to the sport will have the option of simply not watching if and when he does fight.

  • jj says:

    Dana White has never shown respect to anything or anyone.

    Sooner or later, Dana will feel the sting from all the enemies he makes on a daily basis.

  • David Andrest says:

    edub: No no no. Biggest fight in mma history. H. Walker vs. Bo Jackson. Make that happen.

    That’s double e’dub disrespectful right there!

  • danw84 says:

    I don’t see how it’s disrespectful at all. Irresponsible on his part, maybe, but I don’t see who he’s disrespecting. He’s a grown man, and doesn’t need Dana White telling him what’s best for him. Sometimes Dana needs to remember that he is the president of the UFC, but he is NOT the president of MMA.

  • Vogairian says:

    Let’s be honest here, Herschel was a very good football player who’s prime ended about 15 years ago. I just can’t help but think if he goes in there and get’s hurt badly that it will be the lead on Sportscenter and every other major sporting show. Is this really what MMA needs?

  • edub says:

    Vogairian: Let’s be honest here, Herschel was a very good football player who’s prime ended about 15 years ago. I just can’t help but think if he goes in there and get’s hurt badly that it will be the lead on Sportscenter and every other major sporting show. Is this really what MMA needs?

    Good point.

  • madheartmma says:

    Dana White IS A DISRESPECTFUL batch, why would he say that when he NEVER HAS SEEN HIM FIGHT? granted H. Walker is an older guy, BUT, HE IS AN EXTREMELY TALENTED ATHLETE! He’s not playing football because,…your career as a R.B in the NFL is short. Your on the field with guys weighing 180-360, running 4.1-5.5(seconds) 40 yd. dashes, coming at you from every angle. It’s like mini-car wrecks almost every play. Fighting you are in the ring with a guy in the same weight class. 1 vs. 1.
    I THINK FIGHTERS ( pro ) are SOME of the BEST ATHLETES on the planet. H.Walker is a stud, he doesnt sit around and drink beer, and eat onion rings, the dude does like 2,00 push-ups & sit-ups a day! Since he was like 2 yrs old ! ( lol ) He’s a smart guy, he’s not punch-drunk, arrogant, shit talker, ( like dana white). I’m sure he didnt get off the couch and say this shit, he’s trained up for this. He’s not gonna be a contender…well, fight in the UFC as one. But Dana, you know as$oon a$ H. Walker make$ some wave$. dana will be like ” this TUF season, we’re having an all former pro-athlete show” “it’s gonna be our best $how yet !” one day, some pissed -off ex-fighter is gonna catch dana , coming out of his Ferrari, and stomp a mud hole in his chest for the way he treats people. That would be ….KARMA

  • madheartmma says:

    That’s 2,000 sit-ups & push-ups…a day…since he was in the womb…batches

  • danw84 says:

    That’s a lot.

  • edub says:

    2,00 pushups and situps a day. I dont about all that. Maybe 1,00 but definately not 2,00.

  • fraz says:

    The only people more annoying that the Dana nut-huggers are those that think Dana is the anti-Christ.

  • scarred fighter says:

    I think Herchel Walker is in for more than he barganed for and he will get it. For him to jump into mma without any fighting experience is crazy and I hope he gets welcomed with a top contender that beats him down and sends him back to the gym. As for Dana White he is always speaking his mind is not going to stop and as far as this time he is right.

  • fraz: The only people more annoying that the Dana nut-huggers are those that think Dana is the anti-Christ.

    QFFT

  • MM izzle my Nizzle says:

    The funny thing is that Danna just made a lot more people interested in the competition.

  • MM izzle my Nizzle says:

    The only people more annoying than people getting annoyed about nut-huggers is those that think that Dana ISN’T the anti-christ.
    He will destroy us all. Just look what a circus the UFC is becoming. We have the bearded lady (Kimbo), the Strong man (Lesnar) and the trained chimp (Jardine).

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