Walters has faith heading into WreckMMA card

Dan Carle, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

MMA attracts even the sharp elbows and piercing knees from those of strong faith, who happen to be blessed both athletically and facially, in a good cheekbones, perfect smile kind of way.

"My mom asks me that question all the time," smiled MMA newcomer Andrew Walters of Ottawa. "Why would you want to damage that pretty face?"

The 27-year-old striker is a lanky, 6-foot-3 170-pounder, who will leave a 5-1-1 Thai boxing record in the rear view when he steps into the ring for his first pro fight at WreckMMA's Road To Glory, a scheduled 12-fight card, Friday at the Hilton Lac Leamy.

Walters will face Paul Cressaty of Montreal, a 40-year-old personal trainer who will fight on his third Wreck card looking for his first pro win.

Strong on faith, Walters said he doesn't drink or party, gets his rest, likes reading books, and will surely be taking a knee before getting into the ring.

"I didn't pray for one fight, which was a good tilt, but I lost. Never again," Walters said.

His faith toward MMA is tested several times daily at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts in the run-up to his hometown debut.

"Wrestling is something completely new to me," Walters said. "No one is going to put me in a worse position than they do here."

Walters vows his beaming trademark 1,000-watt grin will have vanished by the time an expected crowd of 1,500, including numerous friends and one important mentor, packs the Gatineau ballroom.

"When I get into the swing of things I get pretty mean," Walters said.

"I have that switch, and you are not going to hurt me in front of my Mom and have me watch her cry."


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