Those of you who are children of the 80s will remember Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson from his many amazing direct-to-VHS hits like Bloodfist 1 through 8 and Blackbelt. He’s a legend in the martial arts community too, having won 11 karate and kickboxing world titles between 1979 and 2000. Now he returns to his roots:
Most guys at the age of 58 would enjoy their retirement from the ring and serve as an ambassador, just like Don has been doing, but true fighters can’t resist the urge to compete, so compete he must.
Don announced yesterday that he’ll be fighting a 10-round non-title Kickboxing bout this fall in Istanbul under the IKF banner and that he’ll be flying out on March 19th for a press conference to make everything official. Don’t take our word for it, though, check out what he had to say about this;
“It’s OFFICIAL I’m fighting a 10 round nontitle kickboxing bout this year in Istanbul, Turkey! The fight will be either September or October and I will be sanctioned by the International Kickboxing Federation and I’ll be fighting under rules similar to the K-1. I am very excited because although I am 58 years old and have not fought for over 10 years, I still miss the lifestyle….the training, sparring, etc. I will fly to Istanbul March 19th for the Press Conference.”
Will he follow through or pull a Jean Claude Van Damme and pussy out for some unknown reason? I’d like to lean more towards the idea of Don following through, since he isn’t a coke-addled crazy person like JCVD. Don also has an important film project he’s trying to get off the ground too:
PNG reports that Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, and Michael Jai White are the leads in a sort of Expendables team of B-movie stars. Wilson updates us on a replacement for White, and an additional lead. “These are the names the producer right now has said he wanted: Michael Dudikoff, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock and myself,” Wilson said.
In addition, Wilson has his sights on even more B-movie stars for co-stars, who could shoot very small cameo roles while Wilson, Speakman, Rothrock and Dudikoff are holding down the production for six weeks in PNG.
“Those four positively, but since there’s a lot of bad guys and a lot of good guys in it, there’s room for anybody that’s going to be available,” Wilson continued. “They would only be in for a few days and then out. The ones I listed, we would have to be in New Guinea the entire six-week shoot but the other actors can come and go. There’s going to be plenty of action and the game plan is to get as many guys as we can get in. I literally know every one of them.”
The name of the movie, appropriately enough, is The B-Team. Wilson has been working for over a year to get this project off the ground and the publicity from a comeback fight might just help secure the financing he needs. Or maybe it will result in his 58 year old heart shuddering to a stop in the ring. Either way … PUBLICITY!