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Nick Diaz, Cris Cyborg and Herschel Walker set for Strikeforce in Florida on January 30

nick-diaz1.jpgNEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2009) — Just months after the stunning announcement that he would try his hand at mixed martial arts (MMA), NFL and NCAA football legend, Herschel Walker, will make his highly anticipated STRIKEFORCE MMA debut at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30. Superstar Nick Diaz and STRIKEFORCE world 145-pound women’s champion Cris Cyborg will co-headline a stacked fight card during STRIKEFORCE’s historic first visit to the state of Florida.

A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers (http://strikeforce.com/insider.html) beginning at 10 a.m. ET Monday, Dec. 7, and ending at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 10. ”STRIKEFORCE Insiders” will receive a special e-newsletter Friday, Dec. 4 with the pre-sale code.

Tickets officially go on-sale next Friday, Dec. 11 at the BankAtlantic Center ticket office as well as online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800)745-3000.

Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Pro Bowl competitor, will face an opponent to be announced in one of as many as five televised fights live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) bouts on the STRIKEFORCE card.

The 6-foot-1 inch, 220-pound former running back, who already holds a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and boasts additional training in the combat disciplines of Muay Thai and Kenpo, recently entered a 12-week MMA training camp at San Jose, California’s American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), which plays home to a host of the world’s greatest fighters, including STRIKEFORCE Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson and undefeated middleweight superstar Cung Le.

Walker, a 1999 College Hall of Fame inductee who was also selected to Sports Illustrated’s NCAA All-Century Team that year, has never been one to shy away from the road less traveled.

Walker, a born-again Christian, astonished the sports world by withdrawing from school to play professional ball in the newly formed United States Football League (USFL) rather than wait to enter the NFL draft after the graduation of his collegiate class, a rule maintained by the world’s largest professional football league at the time.

While the vast majority of football players typically follow an intensive weight room regimen, Walker relied on bodyweight exercise, conditioning, and calisthenics while maintaining very little body fat.

Walker was eventually drafted in 1985 by The Dallas Cowboys and established himself as a premiere running back in the league. In 1986, he was the driving force behind a historic trade that sent in to The Minnesota Vikings in exchange for five players and six draft picks.

In 12 NFL seasons with four different teams, he became the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways – rushing, receiving, and kickoff returns. He is one of six players to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving and is the only player in NFL history to register a 90 plus yard reception, a 90 plus yard run, and a 90 plus yard kickoff return, all in one season (1994).

Off the gridiron, Walker has achieved a handful of feats, including a seventh place finish in the 1992 Winter Olympics two-man bobsled competition. Now 47 years of age, the native of Wrightsville, Georgia will look to conquer a whole new world.

Diaz will make his first start since he submitted hard-hitting Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith with a rear naked choke in the third round (1:41) of their STRIKEFORCE: Lawler vs. Shields matchup at St. Louis, Missouri’s Scottrade Center on June 6, 2009. The 26 year old Diaz, a native of Stockton, California, will put a five fight win streak on the line.

Cyborg made history on Aug. 15, 2009 when the 24-year-old native of Brazil stopped superstar Gina Carano with a punishing barrage of strikes in the first round (4:59) of their meeting to become the first-ever STRIKEFORCE women’s champion. The long-awaited showdown between Carano and Cyborg also marked the first women’s main event in the history of any major MMA promotion.

Doors at BankAtlantic Center open at 7 p.m. The first non-televised, preliminary card fight will begin at 8 p.m.

STRIKEFORCE in March 2009 signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on the premium cable television network. The promotion made its live, primetime debut on CBS with the “Fedor vs. Rogers” mega-fight that it co-promoted with M-1 Global on Saturday, November 7 and generated 5.46 million viewers for the main event between the world’s number one heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, and superstar Brett “The Grim” Rogers.

10 COMMENTS
  • Nick Havok says:

    I wonder who they are going to feed to Cyborg?

    I really hope Nick rematches KJ Noons on this card too. That would be a sick fight!

    …but about Herschel Walker, can’t say I’m too stoked to see him fight. Seems like a gimmick from Strikeforce to pull in viewers.

  • Makington says:

    They made it seem like Marloes Coenen was getting the next shot at Cyborg. A good fight I think, although I would put my money to Cristiane.

    Nick vs KJ just makes sense to me as well. I would be absolute fireworks, and Nick might just be motivated enough for the rematch to stay off the ganja long enough to pass his post fight tests. Can Nick wait a whopping 40 days? eh, probably not, but he’s still one of my favourite fighters to watch.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    It’s great for Strikeforce to announce this card with NO OPPONENTS being named for Diaz, Cyborg, or Herschel!

    Who Cares?? When you actually have fights set, THEN let us know about it.

  • Scott H. says:

    Does anyone even know what wieght Diaz is planning on fight at?

  • David Andrest says:

    My money is Diaz doesn’t invite John Jones to training camp.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I still think it was a hugh mistake by SF not to air the Coenen fight as she is next in line for the title and just ran through the lady she fought. As good as some of the ladies are out ther in SF a finish like that should be showcased( like the Vera vs Couture fight a few weeks ago). They could have made people see she is a legitmate threat to Cyborg, who is just awesome herself, and turly build a great interest for that fight instead of just throwing it in there.

  • ndizzle says:

    im hoping diaz vs.hieron for the ww title.cesar gracie has stated that nick diaz will not drop down from ww. kj is rumored to be on this card i would love to see him fight billy evangelista.or maybe even krazy horse.coenen vs cyborg is great.i am very inttrested in seeing herchel walker,he does have a bb in tae-kwon do and experience in muay thai and kenpo karate,do he has paid his dues inside the dojo or gym,im pretty sure javier mendez aint taking it easy on him.oy they should make big foot vs rogers
    inthis card.big foot trains not that far so he will have the crowd with him

  • Guthookd says:

    LOL.

  • Dufresne says:

    Bad Monkey: It’s great for Strikeforce to announce this card with NO OPPONENTS being named for Diaz, Cyborg, or Herschel!

    Yeah this bothers me as well. I thought you had to have 2 fighters in the cage at the same time, but I’ve been known to spout rubbish before.

    David Andrest: My money is Diaz doesn’t invite John Jones to training camp.

    LMAO! You seriously almost got me in trouble at the library! hahahaha!

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I love to watch Diaz. He is a true fighter. I also like the way he says F#ck you to people who try and tell him what he should or shouldn’t be doing.

    And as for Strikeforce anouncing fighters like this, I am happy with it, I’m sure they will fight someone when it comes to fight night. So they have anounced fighters for an upcoming event without securing an opponent yet, at least we know that these guys are fighting. It maybe a way of getting us talking about it and who the opponent may be. Keep them guessing perhaps, who knows they may have opponents lined up but are using this to get people speculating. Somehow I think they have a plan.

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