Gladiator Challenge Newsletter

At Thunder Valley Casino, "The Beast" Will Be "Unleashed"


August 27, 2011

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Lincoln, California



What can be written about Dan “The Beast” Severn that hasn’t already

been written? Two-time national champion high school wrestler, two-time

All-American wrestler in college, UFC tournament champion, UFC

Superfight Champion, UFC Hall of Famer, over 100 amateur and pro

titles held…the list goes on and on. He is, in short, the grand statesman

of the sport of MMA. And he’s making his return to Gladiator Challenge

in August at “Unleashed.”


Undefeated in GC, “The Beast” has competed in promotions and

countries across the globe. Obviously a wrestler at his base, Severn has

evolved over the years, developing considerable submission skills. In

fact, he has submitted his opponent in almost two-thirds of his victories.

He’s beaten fighters of every size, shape, skill set, discipline…you name

it. Yet, at “Unleashed,” he will face someone who may have outgunned

in one specific category: strength.


Gladiator Challenge Super Heavyweight Champion Rick Vardell is a massive man with unimaginable

strength. A former world champion arm-wrestler, Vardell will be putting his belt on the line against “the Beast”

at “Unleashed.” With less than five percent the experience of Severn, it will be a tall order for the monstrous



Will the strength of Vardell be enough to overcome the experience of Severn?


Regardless, on Saturday, August 27th at Thunder Valley Casino, “The Beast” will be “Unleashed.”


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Gladiator Challenge is a world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion established in 1999 by Tedd

Williams. A former UFC fighter, Williams is a former national AAU Sambo Champion (1997), a former

California State Judo Champion (4th Degree Black Belt under “Judo” Gene Lebell) and a former college All-

American wrestler (Cerritos Jr. College, 1988-89). Gladiator Challenge runs 12-18 MMA events per year, and

has featured MMA superstars Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, James Irvin,

Tyson Griffin, Dan “The Beast” Severn, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Scott “Hands of Stone” Smith, “The

Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Mac Danzig, Jerry Bo hlander, “Krazy Horse” Charles

Bennett, Chris Leben, Chael Sonnen, Jake Shields, “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt, Nate “The Rock”

Quarry, Jason “The Punisher” Lambert, Bobby “The Bad Seed” Hoffman, and Cal Worsham, among many

others. Gladiator Challenge can be found online at




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