The first kickboxing World Champion who later captured 2 UFC belts. American Maurice Smith in his WKA title fight against Alex Desir.
When the WKA (World Kickboxing Association) changed ownership to Briton Paul Ingram from founder Howard Hanson, the Mirage hotel was host to one of the most spectacular WKA kickboxing events in its history. One of the main events: Maurice Smith against Alex Desire. Smith defended his kickboxing World title by the way of knockout in round 10 to retain the heavyweight belt under WKA rules (Watch video of the fight on Vimeo). December 4th, 1993 in Las Vegas.