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Dan Severn
Born June 8, 1958 (1958-06-08) (age 51)
Coldwater, Michigan
Other names The Beast
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Division 265
Style Wrestling, Greco-Roman, Sambo, Freestyle
Fighting out of United States Coldwater, Michigan
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestling
MMA record
Total 114
Wins 91
By knockout 15
By submission 54
Losses 16
Draws 7
Other information
University Arizona State University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel DeWayne Severn (born June 8, 1958) is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, notable for his success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments. Severn has fought and wrestled for many mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotions, including King of the Cage, PRIDE FC, Cage Rage, WEC, RINGS and the World Wrestling Federation. He holds a professional MMA Record of 91–16–7. In professional wrestling Severn is a two-time world champion, having won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice. Severn is one of only a few professional fighters to eclipse the 100 career fight mark.

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Biography

Wrestling

Severn has a long history in Greco-Roman and freestyle judo-hensho wrestling. He was a four time All-American at Arizona State University, the original Sunkist Kid of the Sunkist Kids[1], and a wrestling coach at both his alma mater Arizona State and Michigan State. He has wrestled in Turkey, Japan, Cuba, Hungary, Canada, and France as well as the U.S.A..

Severn failed to win in Olympic trials in 1984 and 1988 (he was a finalist in the trials). In his long career, he has held many national and international titles. He was often introduced to the UFC Octagon as holding more than 100 in total. Severn also held the US national record for victories by pin from 1976 to 1992.

Mixed martial arts

Severn was the first world-class wrestler to enter the UFC, foreshadowing the period of dominance by wrestlers such as Don Frye in UFC 8 and 9 and Mark Coleman in UFC 10 and 11. Severn entered the UFC in 1994 at UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors, where he captured the hearts of many UFC fans by executing two impressive back suplexs on Anthony Macias. In the finals of UFC 4, Severn was defeated by Royce Gracie who secured a triangle choke for the victory. The submission loss came after Severn was in Gracie's guard for almost 15 minutes, with the wrestler unable to finish his opponent for lack of striking and submission experience.

He soon roared back into mixed martial arts competition, dominating his opponents to capture the tournament championship at UFC 5: Return of the Beast. Severn's first fight with Russian Oleg Taktarov at UFC 5 was what many think his greatest performance ever. He pounded Taktarov that night, opening huge cuts on both Oleg's face & the back of the head (back of the head shots were legal then in the UFC) displaying some of the most brutal ground & pound using knees ever seen. He won by TKO after the ref stopped the fight to protect 'The Russian Bear'.

After dominating UFC 5, Severn earned a title shot against Ken Shamrock at UFC 6 to determine the first UFC Superfight Champion, but was defeated by Shamrock via Guillotine Choke.

Severn went on to win Ultimate Ultimate 1995, a tournament consisting of UFC champions and runners up. Here Severn defeated Paul Varelans, David "Tank" Abbott, and Oleg Taktarov in a single night. He was also victorious over Ken Shamrock at UFC 9 to become the UFC Superfight Champion, his third title win for the promotion.

Severn managed his friend and fellow UFC champion Don Frye during UFC 8. In 1999, Severn founded a new mixed martial arts promotion intended to provide a platform for amateur fighters, called The Danger Zone, in which Severn has also fought. Severn has also trained and became a mentor to notable mixed martial artists including former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and The Ultimate Fighter competitor Luke Zachrich.

Dan was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 52.

Dan is scheduled to fight Buddie Dixon at King of the Cage Calgary on March 18, 2010.[1]

Professional wrestling

Severn is an accomplished professional wrestler, having worked for UWF International in Japan, the National Wrestling Alliance, and the World Wrestling Federation.

He entered the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1995, and defeated Chris Candido for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship on a Smoky Mountain Wrestling card. Severn would go on to win the UFC championship that year, making him the first and only man to hold an MMA and a professional wrestling championship simultaneously. Severn would go on to hold the NWA Championship for four years, the longest reign in over two decades and currently the third-longest reign in the belt's history.

As NWA champion, Severn appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during a storyline where the NWA invaded the WWF. During his one year tenure, he competed in the Brawl for All tournament, beating The Godfather in the first round. However, he withdrew prior to the quarterfinals, allowing The Godfather to advance by default. He would also take part in the 1998 King of the Ring tournament, only to lose to The Rock in the Semi-Finals. He was part of the 1999 Royal Rumble being the 8th entrant lasting almost 6 minutes before being eliminated by Mabel.

Severn appeared in 2000 in the short-lived WXO promotion. In 2001, he again won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, this time from Shinya Hashimoto in Japan. This title reign would be controversial (an American referee in a Japanese promotion issuing a fast count), and short-lived, as the title was stripped from Severn when he was unable to appear on the inaugural NWA-TNA pay-per-view to defend his title; the belt was won that evening by Severn's long-time rival, Ken Shamrock.

Severn was the original president of Price of Glory Wrestling, held out of his training facility in Coldwater, Michigan. In mid 2007, there were some unresolved things that led Severn to no longer own Price of Glory Wrestling.[citation needed] It seems that Mark Pennington is now the owner and booker of the popular promotion that is still running in Severn's training facility Michigan Sports Camps. Severn has also wrestled for the promotion, having notable feuds with Jimmy Jacobs, N8 Mattson, C.J. Otis, and Keith "Shamrock" Creme (as Ken Shamrocks long lost half brother). Severn most recently defeated Johnny Dynamo in a "Retirement Match" to take the promotions Heavyweight title.

He currently runs an independent wrestling promotion called "Price of Glory" out of Coldwater, Michigan.

Professional Wrestling moves

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

Mixed martial arts

  • Continental Freefighting Alliance
    • CFA Super Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • Gladiator Challenge
    • Gladiator Challenge Superfight Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • The Danger Zone
    • Undefeated in Danger Zone single bout competition

Professional wrestling

  • Price of Glory Wrestling
    • PoG Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Global Wrestling Alliance
    • GWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

MMA record

91 Wins 16 Losses , 7 Draws
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round, Time Notes
Win 91–16–7 United States Woody Young Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) KOTC – Disputed 2009-07-25 2 2:31
Win 90–16–7 United States Steve Eakins Decision (Unanimous) Gladiator Challenge – The Beast 2009-05-16 3 5:00
Loss 89–16–7 United States William Richey Decision (Unanimous) Iroquois – MMA Championships 7 2009-01-24 3 5:00
Loss 89–15–7 Slovakia Pavel Botka Decision Heaven or Hell – Hell Cage 2008-05-03 N/A
Win 89–14–7 United States Damon Clark Submission (Kimura) WFC – Armageddon 2008-04-12 2
Win 88–14–7 Republic of Ireland Colin Robinson Decision (Unanimous) Cage Wars – Max Extreme fighting 2008-03-09 3
Win 87–14–7 Canada Ian Asham Submission (Kimura) Iroquois – MMA Championships II 2008-02-09
Win 86–14–7 United States Don Richard Decision (Unanimous) KOTC – Bad Boys 2007-11-21 3 5:00
Win 85–14–7 United States Jimmy Westfall Decision (Unanimous) UFP – Universal Fight promotions 2007-10-13 3 5:00
Win 84–14–7 United States Mark Smith TKO (Corner Stoppage) TOTP – Titans of the Pentagon 2007-9-22 1
Win 83–14–7 United States Victor Vincelette Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WFC – Rumble in the Red Rocks 2007-06-09 1 1:35
Win 82–14–7 United States Terrell Pree Submission (Armbar) WVF – Minot 2007-04-21 1 4:18
Win 81–14–7 United States Jason Keith Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GC 60 – Invasion 2007-03-23 1 2:36
Win 80–14–7 United States Kasey Geyer Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Wind Rumble 2007-02-24 2 1:25
Win 79–14–7 United States Clifford Coon Submission (Rear Naked Choke) CCCF – Red River Riot 2007-02-17 1 1:53
Loss 78–14–7 England Dave Legeno Decision (Unanimous) CR 20 – Born 2 Fight 2007-02-10 3 5:00
Win 78–13–7 United States Wade Hamilton Submission (Keylock) KOTC – Mass Destruction 2007-01-26 1 3:08
Win 77–13–7 United States Chris Clark Submission (Heel Hook) IFC – Rumble on the River 2 2006-11-10 1 3:08
Win 76–13–7 United States Brian Heden Decision (Majority) NFA – Night of the Beast 2006-09-23 N/A
Win 75–13–7 United States Skip Hall Submission (Guillotine Choke) IE – Independent Event 2006-08-26 1
Win 74–13–7 Lanny Griffin Submission (Scarf Hold) Indiana Martial Arts 2006-08-12 1 0:46
Win 73–13–7 England Robert Berry Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Goshin Ryu 16 2006-06-03 1 4:21
Win 72–13–7 United States Victor Vincelette Submission (Strikes) WFC – Rumble in the Rockies 2006-01-21 1 1:22
Loss 71–13–7 Netherlands Joop Kasteel KO (Punch) RINGS Holland – Men of Honor 2005-12-11 1 1:28
Win 71–12–7 United States Tyson Smith Submission (Strikes) AWE – Action Wrestling Entertainment 2005-10-05 1 4:12
Loss 70–12–7 Canada Victor Valimaki Decision (Unanimous) MFC 8 – Resurrection 2005-09-09 3 5:00
Win 70–11–7 United States Rick Collup Submission (Knees) GC 39 – Titans Collide 2005-07-17 2
Win 69–11–7 United States Shannon Ritch Submission (Triangle Choke) Extreme Wars-X-1 2005-07-02 2
Win 68–11–7 United States Shannon Ritch Submission (Keylock) NFC-Northern Fighting Championships 2005-06-03 2
Win 67–11–7 United States Cal Worsham TKO (Injury) GC 34 – Legends Collide 2005-01-27 3
Win 66–11–7 United States Lee Mein TKO CFC – Continental Fighting Championships 2004-11-20 2 1:41
Loss 65–11–7 England James Thompson Decision (Unanimous) UC 11-Wrath of the Beast 2004-09-12 5 5:00
Win 65–10–7 United States Chad Rafdel TKO (Corner Stoppage) AFA – Beast 2004-07-31 1
Win 64–10–7 Japan Hidetada Irie Decision (Unanimous) Gladiator FC – Day 1 2004-06-26 3 5:00
Win 63–10–7 United States Ruben Villareal Decision (Split) GC 27 – FightFest 2 2004-06-03 2 5:00
Win 62–10–7 United States Greg Lockhart Submission Dangerzone – Cage Fighting 2004-04-10 2 1:45
Win 61–10–7 United States Johnathan Ivey Decision (Unanimous) HFC 3 – Hardcore Fighting Championships 3 2004-03-27 N/A
Loss 60–10–7 Australia Tony Bonello Submission (Rear naked choke) XFC 4 – Australia vs The World 2004-03-19 1 1:36
Loss 60–9–7 Canada Ulysses Castro Submission (Verbal) ETB – Enter the Beast 2004-03-06 3 2:45
Draw 60–8–7 United States Jerry Vrbanovic Draw KOTC 33 – After Shock 2004-02-20 2 5:00
Loss 60–8–6 United States Seth Petruzelli Decision (Unanimous) KOTC 32 – Bringing Heat 2004-01-24 3 5:00
Win 60–7–6 United States Ray Seraille Submission (Armbar) PXC 1 – Pacific X-Treme Combat 2004-01-17 3
Win 59–7–6 Canada Mathias Hughes Submission SB – Seasons Beatings 2003-12-18 1 2:40
Draw 58–7–6 United States Homer Moore Draw RITC 54 – 'The Beast' vs 'The Rock' 2003-10-25 3 3:00
Win 58–7–5 United States Gary Dudley TKO (Strikes) GC 18 – Gladiator Challenge 18 2003-08-21 1 2:08
Win 57–7–5 United States Dan Christison Decision (Split) KOTC 24 – Mayhem 2003-06-14 3 5:00
Win 56–7–5 United States Shane Moore Submission HFC 1 – Hardcore Fighting Championships 1 2003-05-24 2
Win 55–7–5 United States Cory Timmerman Decision (Unanimous) KOTC 23 – Sin City 2003-05-16 3 5:00
Loss 54–7–5 Canada Ulysses Castro Decision MFC 6 – Road To Gold 2003-02-22 3 5:00
Draw 54–6–5 United States Pat Stano Draw WATS – War at the Shore 2003-01-17 3 5:00
Win 54–6–4 England Mike Ward Submission (Bulldog Choke) UC 4 – Eyes of the Beast 2002-12-01 3 1:42
Win 53–6–4 United States Justin Eilers Decision (Unanimous) VFC 3 – Total Chaos 2002-11-23 N/A
Win 52–6–4 United States Mark Smith Submission (Keylock) KOTC 18 – Sudden Impact 2002-11-01 1 2:56
Win 51–6–4 United States Dan Christison Decision Aztec Challenge 1 2002-09-06 3 5:00
Win 50–6–4 United States John Jensen TKO (Towel) KOTC: New Mexico 2002-06-19 1 5:00
Win 49–6–4 United States Steve Sayegh Submission (Strikes) Dangerzone – Caged Heat 2002-04-13 1 5:45
Win 48–6–4 United States Forrest Griffin Decision RSF 5: New Blood Conflict 2001-10-27 3 4:00
Draw 47–6–4 United States Travis Fulton Draw Iowa Challenge 3 2001-09-22 3 5:00
Win 47–6–3 United States Lenn Walker Submission (Strikes) UW – St. Paul 2001-07-15 1 1:49
Win 46–6–3 United States Travis Fulton Decision WEC 1: Princes of Pain 2001-06-30 3 5:00
Win 45–6–3 United States Wes Sims Decision RSF 2 – Attack at the Track 2001-06-23 3 4:00
Win 44–6–3 United States Harry Moskowitz Submission (Keylock) Reality Combat Fighting 11 2001-05-10 N/A
Loss 43–6–3 United States Jonathan Wiezorek Submission RSF 1 – Redemption in the Valley 2001-04-21 2 1:03
Win 43–5–3 United States Aaron Keeney Submission (Keylock) Dangerzone – Insane In Ft. Wayne 2000-11-25 1 2:03
Win 42–5–3 United States Travis Fulton Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Dangerzone – Night of the Beast 2000-10-28 1 2:01
Loss 41–5–3 Brazil Pedro Rizzo Submission (Strikes) UFC 27 – Ultimate Bad Boyz 2000-09-22 1 1:33
Win 41–4–3 Russia Andrei Kopylov Decision (Unanimous) Rings – Millennium Combine 3 2000-08-23 2 5:00
Win 40–4–3 United States John Dixon Submission (Keylock) CFA 2 – Continental Freefighting Alliance 2 2000-07-19 1 5:18
Win 39–4–3 United States Ron Rumpf Submission (Keylock) Dangerzone – Battle At The Bear 2000-07-08 1 0:54
Win 38–4–3 United States Robert Stines Submission (Neck Crank) Dangerzone – Ft. Wayne 2 2000-05-20 1 0:44
Win 37–4–3 Brazil Marcus Silveira Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) WEF 9 – World Class 2000-05-13 1 4:46
Win 36–4–3 United States Bart Vale TKO (Doctor Stoppage) CFA 1 – Collision at the Crossroads 2000-03-25 2 0:36
Loss 35–4–3 United States Josh Barnett Submission (Armbar) SuperBrawl 16 2000-02-08 4 1:21
Win 35–3–3 United States Mark Jaquith Decision Dangerzone – Ft. Wayne 1999-11-22 1 15:00
Win 34–3–3 United States Phil Ortiz Submission (Keylock) Extreme Challenge 28 1999-10-09 1 1:55
Win 33–3–3 United States David Ferguson Submission (Strikes) Dangerzone – Ft. Smith 1999-09-18 1 8:36
Win 32–3–3 United States Nick Starks Decision Ultimate Reality Fighting 1999-07-18 N/A 0:00
Win 31–3–3 United States Brad Kohler TKO (Slam) Ultimate Wrestling 1999-06-25 1 7:57
Win 30–3–3 United States Slade Martin Submission (Keylock) Dangerzone – Mahnomen 1999-06-19 1 3:30
Win 29–3–3 United States Ross Quam Submission (Jaw Lock) BITBH – Brawl in the Black Hills 1 1999-05-15 1 N/A
Win 28–3–3 United States Kevin Rosier Submission (Bulldog Choke) Cage Combat 1 1998-12-08 1
Win 27–3–3 United States Joe Frailey Submission (Armbar) SuperBrawl 9 1998-09-19 1 4:02
Draw 26–3–3 United States Pat Miletich Draw Extreme Challenge 20 1998-08-22 1 20:00
Win 26–3–2 United States Chris Franco TKO (Cut) SuperBrawl 8 1998-08-04 1 4:55
Win 25–3–2 United States Sam Adkins Submission (Keylock) IFC: Showdown at Shooting Star 1998-06-20 1 12:57
Win 24–3–2 United States Steve Miller Submission (Rear naked choke) WSW – World Shoot Wrestling 1998-06-12 1 5:45
Win 23–3–2 Guam John Calvo TKO (Punches) SB 7 – SuperBrawl 7 1998-04-25 1 3:38
Win 22–3–2 United States Travis Fulton Submission (Keylock) Gladiators – Gladiators 2 1998-04-18 1 10:39
Win 21–3–2 United States Kevin Rosier TKO (Strikes) EC 15 – Extreme Challenge 15 1998-02-27 1 0:53
Draw 20–3–2 Hawaii Kimo Leopoldo Draw PRIDE 1 – PRIDE 1 1997-10-11 1 30:00
Win 20–3–1 United States John Renfroe Submission (Keylock) IFC 6 – Battle at Four Bears 1997-09-20 1 2:28
Win 19–3–1 United States John Dixon Submission (Strikes) IFC 5 – Battle in the Bayou 1997-09-05 1 2:33
Win 18–3–1 United States Lance Gibson Submission (Keylock) SB 5 – SuperBrawl 5 1997-08-23 1 26:22
Win 17–3–1 United States Paul Buentello Submission USWF 6 – Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 6 1997-08-16 1 2:55
Win 16–3–1 Brazil Ebenezer Fontes Braga TKO (Cut) IVC 1 – Real Fight Tournament 1997-07-06 1 8:17
Draw 15–3–1 United States Jeremy Horn Draw EC 7 – Extreme Challenge 7 1997-06-25 1 20:00
Win 15–3 United States John Renfroe TKO EC 6 – Extreme Challenge 6 1997-05-10 1 2:29
Loss 14–3 United States Mark Coleman Submission (Choke) UFC 12 – Judgement Day 1997-02-07 1 2:57 For UFC Heavyweight title
Win 14–2 United States Steven Goss Submission (Rear naked choke) EC 1 – Extreme Challenge 1 1996-11-23 1 1:53
Win 13–2 Japan Mitsuhiro Matsunaga Submission (Armlock) U-Japan 1996-11-17 1 1:32
Win 12–2 Brazil Mario Neto Decision UVF 4 – Universal Vale tudo Fighting 4 1996-10-22 1 40:00
Win 11–2 United States Dennis Reed Submission (Neck Crank) BATB 1 – Brawl at the Ballpark 1 1996-09-01 1 4:10
Win 10–2 United States Doug Murphy Submission (Keylock) VTJ 1996 – Vale tudo Japan 1996 1996-07-07 1 3:23
Win 9–2 United States Ken Shamrock Decision (Split) UFC 9 – Motor City Madness 1996-05-17 1 30:00 Won UFC Superfight title
Win 8–2 Russia Oleg Taktarov Decision (Unanimous) UU 95 – Ultimate Ultimate 1995 1995-12-16 1 30:00 Won Ultimate Ultimate 95 Tournament
Win 7–2 United States Tank Abbott Decision (Unanimous) UU 95 – Ultimate Ultimate 1995 1995-12-16 1 18:00
Win 6–2 United States Paul Varelans Submission (Arm triangle choke) UU 95 – Ultimate Ultimate 1995 1995-12-16 1 1:01
Loss 5–2 United States Ken Shamrock Submission (Guillotine choke) UFC 6 – Clash of the Titans 1995-07-14 1 2:14 For UFC Superfight title
Win 5–1 Canada Dave Beneteau Submission (Keylock) UFC 5 – The Return of the Beast 1995-04-07 1 3:01 Won UFC 5 Tournament
Win 4–1 Russia Oleg Taktarov TKO (Cut) UFC 5 – The Return of the Beast 1995-04-07 1 4:21
Win 3–1 United States Joe Charles Submission (Rear naked choke) UFC 5 – The Return of the Beast 1995-04-07 1 1:38
Loss 2–1 Brazil Royce Gracie Submission (Triangle choke) UFC 4 – Revenge of the Warriors 1994-12-16 1 15:49
Win 2–0 United States Marcus Bossett Submission (Rear naked choke) UFC 4 – Revenge of the Warriors 1994-12-16 1 0:52
Win 1–0 United States Anthony Macias Submission (Rear naked choke) UFC 4 – Revenge of the Warriors 1994-12-16 1 1:45

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://topmmanews.com/2010/02/18/kotc-calgary-march-18/
  2. ^ "Jim Cornette". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/columns/managerscorner/01.html. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 

1. ^ 'Mat Stars Open Quest Of Olympics', The Sunday Oklahoman, 18 March 1984

2. ^ 'Canadian wrestlers third, Cubans grapple to victory', Stephen McHale, The Globe and Mail, 25 November 1985

3. ^ 'OC comes up empty', Lee Scheide, The Orange County Register, 8 March 1992

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Preceded by
Ken Shamrock
2nd UFC Superfight Champion
May 17, 1996
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