Fighting out of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia, Daniel “The Rock” Dawson, 40, and Mustapha “The Flying Dragon” Haida, 29, of Morocco will compete in a ONE Super Series 73.0-kilogram kickboxing bout at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018. This marks the Australian kickboxer’s ONE Championship debut.
“They can expect great excitement, great combinations, great skills, and great movement from a very inspired fighter, someone that’s fighting for a hell of a lot to gain and really has a lot to prove,” Dawson said. “I cannot wait to show the fans what I’ve got inside me.”
Dawson believes that he is right at home with the best of the best in ONE Championship. He shared, “Yes, I’ve had a very storied career through Muay Thai, kickboxing and boxing, and I’m very excited to be fighting again.”
“The competition is very high,” the Australian kickboxer continued. “ONE has contracted some of the best fighters in the world in MMA and in kickboxing.”
The Kalgoorlie native believes that he will stack up really well with the competition. He explained, “I know I’m at that level, I know I’ve got a little bit more experience than some of the guys at that level, and now I’m in shape, just as good a shape as anyone in that competition, so I see myself having a chance to be the best there.”
Keeping Dawson motivated and driven is none other than the people he holds dearest to his heart, his family, which he makes sure that they are given a good life and a better future. He shared, “I have a beautiful wife, two beautiful little girls, one’s two and a half years old and one’s five months old.”
“Every day I go, I work hard, I come back home and see their smiling faces and it just lights up my world,” Dawson continued. “I do that to secure my legacy for myself, my family, the future for my family. They are my inspiration, they are why I’m going today and still working as hard as I can.”
Here is Dawson demonstrating some Muay Thai techniques: