Herschel Walker's second opponent in MMA was recently announced by Strikeforce, and while Scott Carson (4-1) isn't another Greg Nagy, fans were still less than impressed by their choice. Carson heard this, and feels like he's being unfairly criticized and written off even before he steps foot inside the Strikeforce cage. From a press release:
"I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the one I’ve been reading about on the Internet. This is a huge deal for me, a tremendous opportunity, but you’d think I was nothing going off what has been written by some of these keyboard warriors, who I doubt have ever stepped in a cage. It’s a lot easier to sit in front of a computer and talk (stuff) than it is to actually fight... I am trying to take it all in stride, but I have no idea why some people are talking so negatively without ever having seen me. They don’t know me. I’m pretty well-rounded with good standup and wrestling.
"They say I’m old at 40 but I don’t feel 40 and I certainly don’t look 40. I think I look 30 and I’m in great shape. I’m ripped, just like Herschel. I’m going to be more ready for Dec. 4 than I have for any other fight. I plan to shut up all the critics, each and every one of them. Let them write something factual after they’ve seen me on Dec. 4."
"I’m really excited about fighting a great athlete like Herschel. I’m training every day. But the fact that some people aren’t giving me a chance is only giving me extra motivation. This is going to be a great fight."
"I was out a long time because of my back and I did rehab for a while. But I couldn’t do anything until I was 100 percent. Once I got healthy again, I got better the more I trained. I’ve helped a lot of guys get ready for fights while waiting for my chance. I had a few fights lined up before my last fight, but they all fell out for one reason or another. It got to the point for the longest time that all I did was train,’’ he said. "Then, the next thing we know, I’m fighting. I felt good going into that fight but just got caught. It can happen to anybody."
Carson isn't happy about what the fans and the media have been saying, but to be fair, the numbers speak for themselves. Herschel Walker isn't a world beater by any means, but if you look at Carson's record it's really not something that people would be impressed with. His first four opponents have a combined record of 1-8, and after that, he didn't fight for almost a decade. When he came back last June, Carson, now a 40-year-old fighter, got caught and was stopped in under 3 minutes. While I do understand where his frustration is coming from, can you really blame the fans for not being too high on his accomplishments?