Kickboxing Legend Don 'The Dragon' Wilson Joins Next Week's Bellator Fan Fest
KICKBOXING LEGEND DON “THE DRAGON” WILSON JOINS BELLATOR MMA ‘FAN FEST’ AT MARYLAND HEIGHTS’ DAVE & BUSTER’S ON THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Wilson Joins Bellator MMA Moneyweight Fighter “King Mo” & Lightweight Contender Benson Henderson Join “Stitch” Duran as Well as MMA Legends Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva at the Bellator MMA Fan Fest Prior to Friday's "Bellator: Dynamite 2" Event at Scottrade Center
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WHAT: Bellator Fan Fest at Dave & Buster’s
Fans of all ages are invited to Dave and Buster’s in Maryland Heights, MO. to meet and get autographs from some of the top names in all of mixed martial arts. Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets and great prizes, as well as snap a photograph with the Bellator ring girls.
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WHERE: Dave & Buster’s
Maryland Heights, Mo. 63043
WHEN: Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. CT
WHO: Widely considered the greatest kickboxing champion of all time, Don “The Dragon” Wilson is the only person to win 11 world kickboxing titles in three separate weight divisions. Along the way, he defeated 11 other world champions, 12 number one contenders, 15 champions on four continents and was the first kung-fu practitioner to become a kickboxing world champion. With a professional record of 72 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws — 48 coming by way of knockout — "The Dragon" parlayed his success in the ring to multiple high profile roles on the silver screen, notably the legendary "Bloodfist" series. Overall, Wilson has starred in 29 motion pictures and gained fans all across the globe with his tangible charisma. If you're not familiar with some of the 5th-degree kickboxing black belt's combat sports work, look no further than this exciting highlight reel.
One of the most recognizable MMA fighters of all time, Hall of Famer Randy Couture transitioned nicely into the entertainment world after his fighting career, starring in several television shows and movies, most notably the Expendables franchise and Dancing with the Stars. Inside the cage, Couture was a fearless underdog, often defeating men with great size advantages. “The Natural” was a multi-time heavyweight and multi-time light heavyweight champion in the UFC.
“King Mo” has been a mainstay with Bellator MMA since 2013, fighting everyone both the light heavyweight and heavyweight division has to offer. This will be Lawal’s first appearance at one of Bellator MMA’s “Fan Fest” events, giving fans the opportunity to meet the explosive striker for the first time. After his recent main event bout with Phil Davis, “Mo” now sets his sights on other “Moneyweight” fights to satiate his thirst.
Benson Henderson has accomplished a great deal over the course of his 10-year professional career as a mixed martial artist. A former WEC and UFC lightweight titlist, “Smooth” holds black belts in both Taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and also earned NAIA All-American honors in both 2005 and 2006. Multiple media outlets named Henderson the fighter of the year in 2012, and has been a part of several epic battles that have received “Fight of the Year” accolades: Donald Cerrone (2009), Anthony Pettis (2010), Frankie Edgar (2012), and Brandon Thatch (2015).
Having first fought in the sport almost twenty years ago, very few men have a more legendary resume than Wanderlei Silva. “The Axe Murderer” is a Pride and UFC veteran, who brings an intimidating and imposing presence with him every time he steps into the cage. Currently one of the biggest free agents in the sport, Silva may soon return to action in hopes of adding to an already-impressive list of wins that include: Guy Mezger, Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Ricardo Arona, Kazuyuki Fujita, Michael Bisping, Cung Le, Brian Stann and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson twice
When watching any combat sports event, it’s odd not to see Jacob “Stitch” Duran as the professional cutman on duty. Recently, Bellator MMA was pleased to exclusively secure his services as cutman for the foreseeable future, after “Stitch” signed a multi-year contract with the Scott Coker-led promotion. “Stitch” is seen everywhere combat sports events take place, and played a vital role in the recent smash blockbuster, “Creed.”
FIGHT INFO: “Bellator: Dynamite 2” takes place on Friday, June 24, and airs LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and features a heavyweight main event of “Rampage” Jackson versus Satoshi Ishii. Tickets start at just $30 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster, and the Scottrade Center Box Office.
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