Herschel Walker was forced to pull out of his bout at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu, due to a cut he suffered during sparring. Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker though, has said that the 48-year-old fighter has been tentatively scheduled to make his return on their upcoming San Jose card this January. The former football star talked to the LA Times about being frustrated about having to withdraw from his bout against Scott Carson:
"It was a freak accident. I had just finished sparring and was getting in some grappling with Daniel [Cormier]. I went to flip him and his knee collided with my head. I felt the knee, but didn’t even know I had been cut at first."
"I felt bad for Daniel because he felt so bad. I also feel very bad for Scott [Carson]. I know how hard it is for fighters to get a fight. Everyone wants to make some money, especially around Christmas."
"I’ve trained all my life. The doctors don’t want me to train for three weeks, but I’m a little hard-headed. I’m trying to sneak in as much training as I can and I want to be there for the other guys. They’ve helped me so much. I want to help them with their cardio or whatever I can do."
It is still uncertain if Carson will remain as Herschel's opponent, and as you might already know, there aren't a lot of people too happy with that selection.
As for the January 29th event, this is where Coker and the crew plan to host the long awaited grudge match between Mayhem Miller and Nick Diaz, but as of late, they're still having a hard time putting that bout together. There has also been talk about Roger Gracie having his fourth MMA bout against Mike Kyle on the card, but with Kyle stepping in to face Antonio Silva this weekend, they may still have to find a suitable opponent for the BJJ legend.