When it was recently announced 4-1 Scott Carson would be facing legendary football player, and 1-0 MMA fighter, Herschel Walker on December 4th in St. Louis at an upcoming Strikeforce event, fans may have started wondering who exactly Carson was and why he might pose a threat to Walker’s currently unblemished record.
Strikeforce recently asked the 40-year old himself who spoke candidly in response.
“I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the (fighter) I’ve been reading about on the Internet,” Carson said in a press release to media. “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 sh*t than it is to actually fight.”
He also made it clear he found the criticism to be not only confusing but based on an ignorance of his ability. “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 stand-up and wrestling,” Carson explained.
He’s also found a way to turn their lack of constructive criticism into something positive, saying, “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 extra motivation. This is going to be a great fight.”
Some of the public’s pessimism has been based on the 6’2” fighter’s inactivity, as he took nearly a decade-long break from competition before returning to the ring this past June and losing via first-round knockout.
“I was out a long time because of my back and I did rehab for a while,’’ said Carson, a former training partner of MMA icon Chuck Liddell. “I never thought much about not fighting again; I always wanted to come back.”
“But, I couldn’t do anything until I was 100 percent,” he continued. “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.”
The Californian also made sure to avoid using “ring rust” as an excuse for his lackluster showing over the Summer.
“It got to the point for the longest time that all I did was train,” Carson stated “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.”
However, no matter what people may think, Carson is looking forward to his opportunity to enlighten onlookers in December.
“I’m going to be more ready for December 4th 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…”
Walker and Carson will join a line-up on December 4th in St. Louis featuring a headlining bout between Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral, a classic striker-vs-grappler affair in the form of Robbie Lawler facing Matt Lindland, and what should be an exciting stand-up war between Scott Smith and Paul Daley. Additionally, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will be taking on Valentijn Overeem in the promotional debut of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem’s older brother.
Additionally, St. Louis prospect Jesse Finney, a promising 170-pounder, will take on a yet-to-be-announced opponent in a non-televised scrap on the undercard.