ONE Championship will welcome one of the most decorated martial artists in the world in Daniel “The Rock” Dawson, 40, at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018. Fighting out of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia, he will face Mustapha “The Flying Dragon” Haida, 29, of Morocco in a ONE Super Series 73.0-kilogram kickboxing bout.
Set to make his debut for the biggest martial arts promotion in Asia, Dawson is nothing short of thrilled to showcase his set of skills to some of the world’s most appreciative fans. He shared, “I’m extremely excited to be fighting on the biggest Asian martial arts promotion there is.”
“We have been watching ONE for a while now here in Australia,” Dawson added. “And to finally have some Australian competitors there to compete, now that there’s Muay Thai and kickboxing, it’s just an incredible feeling for me.”
Dawson is just the latest in a long line of Australian athletes to display their skills on the ONE Championship stage. He follows the footsteps of reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin Nguyen, former ONE Bantamweight World Championship challenger Reece McLaren, lightweight contender Adrian Pang and fellow kickboxing star Elliot Compton, just to name a few.
“I’m just super excited and am in the best shape I’ve been in over a decade to get ready for this performance,” Dawson said. “That’s how seriously I’ve taken this fight, so I’m very excited, to be honest. I can’t wait to show the fans how hard I’ve been training.”
While Dawson is a newcomer on the ONE Super Series stage, he is already one of the most experienced athletes on the roster. The Australian will be bringing with him a professional boxing and kickboxing record that consists of 112 bouts with 93 wins and 57 of it coming by way of knockout.
Dawson stressed that he cannot wait to feed off the energy of the ONE Championship crowd even with all that experience under his belt. He said, “I’m really looking forward to be under the bright lights and on one of the biggest stages there is in martial arts.”
“Of course, for me to be able to fight on a stage like this, I’m one of those fighters that the bigger the crowd, the bigger the energy, the more I love it,” Dawson continued. “So I’m just really excited and super pumped to be on this trip, on this show.”
Dawson’s arrival bolsters the already-stacked pool of talent that the ONE Super Series parades, headlined by the likes of Giorgio Petrosyan, Jo Nattawut and Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, among others. A highly-decorated combat sports athlete, the Kagoorlie native is the first man to hold world titles in boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai and is being hailed as one the best martial artists to come from Down Under.
Meanwhile, here is Dawson giving some Muay Thai techniques: