Dwight Wakabayashi

Born: Chatham, Ontario – 1973

Lives in Toronto, Ontario


I am a published author of “The Toughest Guy In Here”, the inspirational story of retired professional hockey player Perry Pappas and his inspiring battle with brain cancer. I also published a short book on Bruce Lee and his influence on my life called “Finding Bruce Lee – My JKD.”

Pappas Book Front and Back

FBL Cover 2

I am also freelance journalist  and sports writer who has been published in various publications and on various websites over the last 12+ years. I like to tell sports stories that display the fighting spirit and inspire people to persevere.

My work has been published on major media outlets such as: The Bleacher Report, Sportsnet.ca , Chatham-Kent Sports Network, MMACanada.net, The Nikkei Voice, Hockeyfights.com and MMAxposed, and has been syndicated on websites all around the world.

I have a wife and a daughter who inspire me every day!

Do you have a sports story to tell that can inspire and make a positive difference in someone’s life?



WAKAFIGHTERMMA is my own unique brand of mixed martial arts coverage designed to stay honest and true to the sport and the fighters.

WAKAFIGHTER writes and covers mixed martial arts with Bruce Lee and his fighting/life philosophy always at the tip of the pen. I analyse the fights and tell the fighter’s stories, I don’t report the TMZ type stuff.

I have been a credentialed media member for the UFC, Bellator, Score Fighting Series and TKO and all the regional mixed martial arts promotions and shows in North America.

I also write mixed martial arts in any medium including:

Scripts / Screenplays / Novels / Short Stories / Manuals

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