Herschel Walker freak show an easy sell

The legendary Mark (The Hammer) Coleman says there's one fight that would keep him from retiring -—...

The legendary Mark (The Hammer) Coleman says there's one fight that would keep him from retiring -— stepping into the octagon against former NFL star Herschel Walker. (CHRIS DOUCETTE/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

TORONTO - Being a mixed martial artist in your 40s is a pretty tough way to make a living. So it’s no surprise UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, who hasn’t fought since being beaten at UFC 109 by now retired 47-year-old legend Randy Couture, admitted to MMAjunkie.com his fighting days are coming to an end.

But the 46-year-old Coleman said there is one matchup that might just get him back into the octagon.

“An opportunity to fight Herschel Walker would be something that I would drop everything for,” Coleman said.

Why the 49-year-old Walker, a former Heisman Trophy winner and running back in the NFL who has compiled a 2-0 record with Strikeforce, would start an MMA career so late in the game is anybody’s guess, but it’s not difficult to see why Coleman would want to take him on. The card would be a good draw because everybody wants to see a bit of a freak show — in this case Walker — and it wouldn’t be too tough a fight for Coleman.

Coleman (16-10) has received several offers to get back in the cage since his loss to Couture but none have been enticing enough.

“I’ve had some offers that intrigued me, but at the same time, I don’t want to be a journeyman,” Coleman said. “I don’t want to go out there and get my butt whooped for a paycheque.”

Silva gets his licks in

Antonio (Big Foot) Silva is in a fighting mood. Or at least it seems that way from the recent swipes he took at fellow mixed martial artists Josh Barnett and Brock Lesnar.

In an interview with Sherdog, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound Brazilian ripped fellow Strikeforce Grand Prix contender Barnett and then took a parting shot at former UFC heavyweight champ Lesnar.

“I’ve been fighting since 2004 and have never had any issues with another athlete … But Josh is a weird guy, a guy who doesn’t greet you when you enter the elevator, doesn’t even say ‘good morning.’ It’s how he treats Brazilian fighters, especially.

“But when he sees Fedor (Emelianenko), (UFC prez) Dana White or (UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo) Fertitta, he runs to them and stays by their side all the time. He makes me sick. He’s the classic kiss-ass.”

Then Silva took a poke at Lesnar, questioning the American’s toughness after he pulled out of his UFC 131 fight with fellow TUF 13 coach Junior dos Santos.

“I have some doubts,” Silva said. “That big guy doesn’t like being punched. In his last fights, he was put in the fetal position by Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, which is humiliating. I think he pulled out of the fight against (dos Santos), who is a real heavy puncher and a real tough opponent for someone who doesn’t like being punched.”

Pick your favourite Hooter

What could possibly be better than three smokin’ hot octagon girls struttin’ their stuff around the ring at UFC events? Well, how about four smokin’ hot octagon girls?

The UFC and Hooters restaurants have joined forces again to announce a special contest for UFC 132 in Las Vegas on July 2 and they want fans to choose which Hooters Girl is the most deserving of carrying a ring card around the MGM Grand.

The winner of the contest will join UFC goddesses Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer and Chandella Powell in keeping the crowd abreast of all the goings-on.

To pick your favourite Hooters Girl, you must first “Like” Hooters on Facebook.

This isn’t the first time the UFC has got together with the restaurant to put a Hooters Girl in the octagon. Allison Diehl became an Octagon Girl for the Fight for the Troops 2 event at Fort Hood, Tex., on Jan. 22.

Pacman wouldn't last a minute

Gus Johnson, the man who called the action during Manny Pacquiao’s recent WBO welterweight title defence over (Sugar) Shane Mosley and who also calls Strikeforce fights for Showtime, has weighed in on the champ’s chances in the octagon, if the Filipino great ever decides to take on a mixed martial artist. And Johnson doesn’t like them.

In a recent radio interview, Johnson was asked by host Dan Patrick how Pacquiao would do against an MMA fighter. Johnson’s response wasn’t very flattering for a boxer some consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time.

“He’d get killed,” Johnson told Patrick. “No question. Tapped out easily, in a minute.”

Johnson’s opinion may have been influenced by the dismantling last year of former top-ranked boxer James Toney at the hands of recently retired MMA legend Randy Couture. But, still, there’s no doubt Pacquiao would be at a huge disadvantage, having to learn so many new skills so late in his career.

Slice baits Vikings' Edwards

Former UFC and EliteXC fighter Kimbo Slice hasn’t just been sitting around moping since a loss to fellow TUF graduate Matt Mitrione at UFC 113.

Slice, one of the meanest looking dudes around, has taken up boxing since being KO’d on May 8, 2010, and though the Florida resident has yet to make his professional debut, he has just challenged Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards to a fight.

According to his promoter, Jared Shaw, Slice is calling out Edwards, who has a two-fight contract and is set to make his boxing debut Friday night in a four-rounder at a Minnesota casino.

“I’ll tell you right now on the air, I’ve called Mike Riley to get in touch with Ray Edwards’ people and I’ve made an open challenge to come fight Kimbo Slice. That fight I will deliver,” Shaw said on MMAWeekly Radio. “Here’s two guys that come from athletic backgrounds, that haven’t been in the ring that many times, so let’s see two big boys bang it out.”

Edwards, who is currently sidelined from his football career due to the NFL lockout, has said he’s always wanted to pursue boxing.


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