Legendary Georgia Bulldog and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker (1-0) returns to MMA action when he faces veteran Scott Carson (4-1) at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg, live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose and airing on Showtime. The Goal Line Stalker was originally scheduled to face Carson earlier this month in St. Louis, but was forced off the card after suffering a deep facial laceration in training with 2008 US Olympic wrestling captain Daniel Cormier. Walker won his professional debut last January. Headlining the event are a pair of championship bouts, setting this up as one of the biggest MMA cards for the first half of 2011. Main Card Welterweight Championship bout: Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos Middleweight Championship bout: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Robbie Lawler Heavyweight bout: Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson Light Heavyweight bout: Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley
From MMAJunkie.com: Strikeforce heavyweight and former NFL great Herschel Walker (1-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) suffered a deep cut in training and has been forced to withdraw from next month's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event. Strikeforce officials today confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Featuring a light heavyweight matchup between Dan Henderson and Renato "Babalu" Sobral, "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" takes place Dec. 4 and airs on Showtime. "I feel terrible about this," Walker stated in today's official release. "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." Walker had been expected to face one-time WEC veteran Scott Carson (4-1 MMA, 0-0 SF). According to Strikeforce officials, a Daniel Cormier knee strike opened a "deep cut under [Walker's] left eye that required multiple stitches"... Despite the setback, Walker said he hopes to return to action quickly. "I hope to fight again as soon as the cut heals," Walker said.