MMA Hall of Fame: Dan Severn
This week, Fighting Insider is featuring another UFC Hall of Fame inductee -- Dan "The Beast" Severn.
Born as Daniel DeWayne Severn on June 8, 1958, Dan Severn has fought for many mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotions, like King of the Cage, PRIDE FC, Cage Rage, WEC, RINGS, World Wrestling Federation and TNA Wrestling. The former UFC Superfight Champion holds a professional MMA record of 97-16-7.
During his professional wrestling career, Dan Severn is a two-time world champion, having won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice. He is also one of the few MMA fighters that surpassed the 100 fight mark. In addition to this, he was also featured as a PS3 exclusive fighter for UFC Undisputed 2010, even though he has not competed in the UFC for more than nine years. Dan Severn also travels world-wide to give seminars in MMA, grappling, and amateur wrestling. Furthermore, he is keen on getting his Law Enforcement Training developed into more police departments, correction facilities, and the military.
Dan Severn started competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championships in 1994. He was the first world-class wrestler to enter the UFC, outboxing Don Frye in UFC 8 and 9. He also defeated Mark Coleman in UFC 10 and 11. However, some people regards his UFC 5: Return of the Beast match with Oleg Taktarov as his best fight ever. After winning the UFC 5 by way of TKO, Dan Severn was matched up with Ken Shamrock at UFC 6 to determine the first UFC Superfight Champion. Unfortunately, he was defeated via submission.
Dan Severn went on to fight and win at Ultimate Ultimate 1995, a UFC tournament consisting of champions and runners-up. In this event, he defeated Paul Varelans, David “Tank” Abbott and Oleg Taktarov in a single night. He also acquired his third title win for UFC after snatching the belt from Ken Shamrock at UFC 9. Dan Severn became a UFC Hall of Fame inductee at UFC 52
Arizona State University wrestling Hall of Famer
1980 Summer Olympic team alternate
3 National AAU wrestling championships from 1982 to 1994
1984 Summer Olympic team alternate
1985 Canada Cup Gold Medalist
1988 Summer Olympic team alternate
Price of Glory Wrestling
PoG Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
Mixed Martial Arts
Elite-1 MMA Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
Continental Freefighting Alliance
CFA Super Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
Gladiator Challenge Superfight Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
The Danger Zone
Undefeated in Danger Zone single bout competition
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC 5 Tournament Winner
Ultimate Ultimate 1995 Tournament Winner
UFC Superfight Championship (1 Time, Last)
UFC 4 Tournament Runner Up
UFC Hall of Fame
UFC Viewer’s Choice Award