I read this morning that Herschel Walker is now officially an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. He made his professional début Saturday night in South Florida. defeating Hungarian Greg Nagy in a 3rd round TKO (technical knock out). The 47-year-old looks incredibly in shape for his age, which is not too surprising for those who have followed Walker’s career and are familiar with his famous natural workout regimen (he’s never lifted weights).
Walker, a professing Christian, is entering a brutal sport. Some would say barbaric. Is this the kind of sport a follower of Jesus Christ should get involved in?
I have a few Christian buddies who love watching MMA and routinely go in together to share the cost in watching the pay-per-view fights. Considering what a savage sport MMA is, you would think that all these fighters were riff-raff off the streets. My initial impression is that most of them are disciplined athletes, frequently educated, and usually very civil toward their opponents, the press, and the public. A good number of them are professing Christians.
So, again, the question: is this the kind of sport Christians should participate in, enjoy as a pastime, and support financially? After all, in my opinion, MMA is basically chaperoned street fighting.
What is your opinion? Are you an MMA fan? Are my impressions of the sport accurate?
Back to Herschel, his opponent was new to the sport as well, with a 1-1 record entering the fight. Some think this was a fixed fight designed to bring interest to a lesser known fighting organization than UFC. CBS’s Gregg Doyel calls Herschel’s role that of a carnival barker, simply there to bring people into the tent. I think he’s right. Doyel also suggests that Strikeforce handpicked the unknown Nagy so that Walker would win. He’s probably right on that one too.
Here’s some highlights from the fight: