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Exclusive Interview with Dan "The Beast" Severn




Every sport has its legends, athletes whose names are synonymous with their chosen competition. In

baseball, players like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Willie Mays come to mind. Basketball has Michael Jordan,

and hockey has Wayne Gretzky.


MMA is no different.


Dan “The Beast” Severn is an early pioneer of mixed martial arts, beginning back when the sport was

referred to as “NHB” (no holds barred). His career in athletic competitions has spanned decades, and he

has made a name for himself in the ranks of amateur wrestling, pro wrestling, judo, sambo, and MMA. I

recently spoke with “The Beast” regarding his return to Gladiator Challenge, where he will face fellow

pioneer Cal Worsham at “Legends Collide 2” this Sunday.


Phil Lanides: You’re coming up on your 100th career MMA victory. What does that mean to you?

Dan Severn: I do believe I want to get there and keep going on from there. But I already have we ll over one

hundred wins. Full Contact Fighter and Sherdog really only started tracking fights in the late 90’s, so they

don’t have all my fights. I’ve probably got another 15-20 fights that weren’t recorded. And while this is pretty

great, maybe I’m just not getting caught up in the excitement enough. It’s a cool accomplishment, and I

don’t want to make it sound anti-climatic, but it’s really just another fight to me.


PL: Do you see your retirement on the horizon?

DS: It’s hard for me to pluck out a date on that. There are a couple choice matches that I would like to do

in conclusion to my career. I would like one more match with Ken Shamrock, one more match with Mark

Coleman, and one more with Royce Gracie. I’ve spoken with both Ken and Mark, and both have agreed to

do the fight. I haven’t heard anything on Royce yet. I would love to make that fight happen for the UFC event

that’s going to happen in Brazil in August. Before 2013 hits, I’m hoping to have those las t three matches

done. I have other interests, and that’s what it boils down to. I’ll still stay competitive, though, regardless.


PL: What keeps you going?

DS: Well, it’s a combination of several things. The phone keeps ringing, the emails keep coming in, so

that’s part of it. I’ve been a competitor my whole life. Mixed martial arts is a great venue for me, one where I

can use all my assets. It’s no secret at this point in time that my grappling ability has carried me through. I

can strike enough to get the clinches and take people down, and that’s what’s worked. That is what has

helped me. Also, I do not believe in trading strikes. I believe in guerilla warfare. All the injuries these young

guys that want to just stand and trade experience…I’ve been able to avoid them because of my approach.

Check back for part two of this interview on Friday!


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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 Bohlander, “Krazy Horse” Charles

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

Quarr y, 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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