Promoter TNA Fights announced an American kickboxing legend will be in attendance at the next Tatneft Cup event on 26 May.
American kickboxing pioneer and legend Don “the Dragon” Wilson will be present at the Tatneft Arena in Kazan to present an award.
Wilson is probably the greatest American kickboxer of all time. “The Dragon” won eleven full-contact titles in the PKA, WKA, ISKA, KICK, and IKF sanctioning bodies in a career that spanned from 1975 to 2002.
Wilson was the first man to defeat fellow legend Dennis “The Terminator” Alexio. The defeated bothered Alexio, who later called out Wilson for a rematch that never materialized.
The fighters Wilson defeated under full-contact (no kicks below the waist) rules include Alexio, former kickboxing and UFC champion Maurice Smith, kickboxing and boxing champion James Warring, and Mike Winkeljohn. Winkeljohn is now a famous MMA striking coach.
In addition to being a successful kickboxer, Wilson transitioned into the movie business, and appeared in a number of budget action movies including the “Bloodfist” series.
The 26 May Tatneft Cup features the third stage of this year’s tournament. The event will be streamed live and free on YouTube (Russian language commentary), and will also be broadcast in English on FightBox HD.
In addition to Wilson, another special guest at the event is former boxing champion Kostya Tszyu.