``I love martial arts,'' he said. ``I've loved it for years. I love the sport of it. When I saw MMA years ago, I fell in love with it.
``They've cleaned it up so much that it is now a mainstream sport, and I wanted to get involved in it. There are incredible athletes doing it, and I want to consider myself a good athlete, and that's the reason I want to do it.''
``I told [AKA founder and trainer] Javier Mendez. I said, `Javier, it is up to you and the fighters here. I would love to fight, but after a couple of weeks, if you don't think I can do it, you tell me, or the fighters tell me, and I'll swallow my pride and not do it.'
``It is a serious sport. It's not a gimmick. It's not fake. You can get hurt, if you don't know what you're doing in the ring. At the same time, AKA has a lot of pride. So I left it up to them.
Walker is certainly saying all the right things here. He understands that the sport is dangerous and explains that he doesn't have any crazy idea of being heavyweight champion. At this point if he is getting medical clearance to fight then there is no point in arguing with the idea of Strikeforce putting him on the main card. It's pretty clear that Walker is drawing more interest to the card than anyone else and really, does he provide any worse risk to the representation of "what our sport is" to a first time viewer than a guy like Nick Diaz?