After 18 amateur fights in just under two years, Mike Walters has now turned a new leaf and is a professional fighter.
Still just 20 years old, “The Beast” topped Turpal Khamzayev at Maverick MMA 7 in Eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend. He picked up a second round rear naked choke, moving his pro record to 1-0.
A recap of the fight below courtesy of MyMMANews.com:
ARES COMBAT SPORTS ACADEMY ON TOP
Mike Walters and Turpal Khamzayev came out swinging right out the gate. Once the fight hit the ground Khamzayev began the assault, working elbows from the top. Once they stand back up Khamzayev lands a brutal low leg kick followed by a big right hand. Once Walters drops, Khamzayev follows up with a punch as Walters tries to stand back up. Walters now on top in full mount, throwing down punches before transitioning to an armbar. Khamzayev escapes and begins working for his own submission. This is a fantastic fight. Both fighters scrambling from position to position. After a brief exchange of hands in the second round Khamzayev takes his opponent down but smacks his own head off the canvas in the process. Still with it, Khamzayev works for the back. A few seconds later Walters has his back and puts Khamzayev out with a rear-naked choke. Fantastic fight from two fighters both making their pro debuts. The Ares Combat Sports Academy fighter in Walters gets the win.
Also at Maverick MMA 7, MMA veteran Scott Heckman (27-8) won for the seventh straight time, successfully defending his featherweight title against Ryan Cafaro (6-3) in the main event.
Heckman’s teammate Thad Frick (4-4) also topped Jay Haas (14-18) in the co-main event.