Herschel Walker has been forced to pull out of December 4th’s Strikeforce: Henderson Vs Babalu event due to injury.
Reports indicate that the 47 year-old NFL legend turned MMA fighter suffered a cut due to a knee strike during training this week which leaves him unable to compete on the main card of the event which was due to air on Showtime.
“I feel terrible about this,’’ Walker tells MMAWeekly. “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.’’
Walker had been set to fight the unheralded Scott Carson in only his second ever MMA fight.
Meanwhile Jesse Finney has also pulled out of the show following an eye injury that will require surgery. Tyron Woodley has been mentioned as a possible replacement.
So, not an ideal situation for Strikeforce less than 10 days out from the event, particularly as they are already facing the daunting prospect of going head-to-head with The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Finale which airs live on the same evening.
The good news though is that this is still a strong card even without the aforementioned fighters, including Henderson Vs Babalu, Lawler Vs Lindland, Paul Daley Vs Scott Smith and Valentijn Overeem Vs Antonio Silva.
That’s more than enough quality fights to keep Strikeforce fans happy.