“I’ll never forget the day I walked into the gym and Bill said to me, ‘Stick with me and I’ll make you a world champion,’” Walker said. “At first, I didn’t see that far because I didn’t know what the hell he saw in me, but he saw something and he made me a world champion.”

In a matter of three years, Walker had gone from down-and-out to a man with one of the most promising eye tests in combat sports. Walker is now a two-division Muay Thai champion who has devoted his time to the youth and combat sports.

It seemed like the high couldn’t get any better until Walker’s hard work had been given the ultimate blessing. The felony charge that lingered over his head the last decade was completely exonerated because of the changes he has demonstrated.

For years, Walker has known he was walking the right path, and although the label of “felon” was always there making life more difficult, he replaced excuses with hard work, and just like his hard work in the gym all these years, it paid off.

“When you accept your wrongs, can’t nobody use it against you,” Walker explained. “Nobody can say, ‘Oh, I’m going to say this in public to embarrass you.’ How can they if you accept your wrongs? Me being comfortable with who I am and know that I did wrong and I accept my wrongs and I’m trying to correct my wrongs; I believe that’s the best way to be. I’m open to it.”

Walker has made mistakes, rehabilitated himself, lived the ultimate dream of exoneration and saved many lives along the way. At only 34 years old, Walker is likely just getting started.

Steven Walker looks to build his resume further with the biggest bout of his career at Lion Fight 64 on March 12, ONLY on UFC FIGHT PASS!