Severn in the ring at a 2010 event
June 8, 1958 |
Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.
|Other names||The Beast|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||250 lb (113 kg; 17 st 12 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Style||Wrestling , Judo, Sambo|
|Fighting out of||Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.|
|Rank||5th degree black belt in Judo
2nd degree black belt in Jujutsu
1st Razryad international master in Sambo
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestler|
|Years active||1994–2013; 2016–present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Arizona State University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Daniel "Dan" DeWayne Severn (born June 8, 1958) is an American mixed martial artist, actor and occasional professional wrestler, notable for his success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournaments. Severn has fought and wrestled for many mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotion, including King of the Cage, PRIDE FC, Cage Rage, WEC, RINGS, MFC and the World Wrestling Federation. He holds a professional MMA Record of 101–19–7 and is a UFC Hall of Famer and a former UFC Superfight Champion.
In professional wrestling, Severn is a two-time world champion, having won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice, with his first reign lasting for over four years. As of September 2014, Severn still occasionally wrestles. During his short time with the WWE/F he was most famous for making his entrance with multiple championships and managed by Jim Cornette. Daniels time with WWE/F lasted close to a year.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Amateur wrestling career
- 4 Mixed martial arts career
- 5 Professional wrestling career
- 6 Retirement
- 7 Return to active competition (2016–present)
- 8 Personal life
- 9 In professional wrestling
- 10 Championships and accomplishments
- 11 Mixed martial arts record
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 Further reading
- 15 External links
In 2010 he acted as an applicant for the movie Minor League: A Football Story directed by Clenet Verdi-Rose. The movie is a sport/comedy/drama about a struggling minor league football team that is not doing well and as their newly signed coach, gives the team a second chance to change things around.
In 2010 he played himself in Tetherball: The Movie directed by Chris Nickin. It is a sport/comedy movie and the plot of the movie is that 3 friends decide to start a tetherball league and wind up becoming amateur athletes and have "more booze, babes, and balls than they can handle."
In 2012 Daniel acted in the amateur wrestling movie Win by Fall directed by Chris Nickin, as the character called Coach Winters. The movie is about a wrestler named Scott Reynolds who is the states best 152 pound wrestler. The teams 171 pound wrestler breaks his leg and coach Winters (acted by Dan Severn) moves Scott up to the 171 pound division. And if Scott wants to go to college and earn a scholarship, in order to do this, he must win in his new weight class.
In 2016, Daniel Severn acted as a referee in Beyond the Game which is an action movie directed by Erken Ialgashev and written by J. Stephen Maunder and David Mitchell. The plot summary is contestants in a reality show have to fight to survive.
Also in 2016, Severn starred as the character Rich Chandler in The Fight Within, which is a sport/action/romance movie directed by Michael William Gordon. The movie is based on Logan Chandler, an MMA fighter.
Amateur wrestling career
Severn has a long history in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling. His amateur wrestling career started in high school and according to many was an "absolute machine" at 191.5 pounds. He was named the "Outstanding High School wrestler in the nation". Before his 18th birthday, he was already ranked top six in the nation in the open division and placed in the Olympic trials.
He was a three time All-American at Arizona State University, the original Sunkist Kid of the Sunkist Kids, and a wrestling coach at both his alma mater Arizona State and Michigan State. In addition to his home country, he has wrestled in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, England, and several other countries.
Severn failed to win in Olympic trials in 1984 and 1988, and was a finalist in the trials. During the 1984 Olympic trials, he lost the final qualifying match in controversial fashion to eventual gold medal winner Lou Banach, a match that Severn credits with launching his career. "I would have retired in 1984 from competition had everything gone the way it should have gone...I should have been on the Olympic freestyle wrestling team and I should have won the gold medal. Instead, I went to Los Angeles as the alternate, and saw the guy I thought I beat win the gold medal. It was really tough for me to swallow that. That’s what kept me going on." 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.
Severn began his career in combat sports as a Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestler. He quickly became a top high school and collegiate wrestler capturing many titles, honors, and several national and world titles. As a high school wrestler Severn was a two-time national champion and set eight national records in his career. Severn was inducted into Arizona State University's wrestling hall of fame at the end of his collegiate career.
After completing his degree program and graduation Severn entered numerous competitions from 1982 to 1994 that took him to Japan, Hungary, Cuba, France, and Turkey. On each trip, Severn captured another title. He also secured 13 National AAU wrestling championships during those years. The Beast also tried his hand at coaching wrestling at ASU and Michigan State University as he continued to compete and excel after his collegiate career.
Severn has been profiled in the press around the world in such publications as USA Today, People, Karate and Kung Fu Illustrated, Black Belt Magazine, MAD, Full Contact Fighter, and many of the pro wrestling publications. Severn also runs a wrestling product company and holds annual wrestling clinics for kids of all ages. He has appeared on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Gordon Elliott Show, Nash Bridges, and many commercials.
Severn has developed a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) training facility on his property called "Michigan Sports Camps" in Coldwater, Michigan. This facility is able to house and train individuals for mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, amateur wrestling and professional wrestling.
Mixed martial arts career
In 1994, Severn started competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. He 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 impressed many UFC fans by executing two impressive back suplexes 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.
He soon returned to mixed martial arts competition, defeating several opponents to capture the tournament championship at UFC 5: Return of the Beast. Severn's second fight was with Russian Oleg Taktarov at UFC 5. He won by TKO after the referee stopped the fight due to a cut.
Severn then entered the UFC's Ultimate Ultimate 1995, which at the time was the toughest and most competitive tournament in UFC history, consisting of past UFC tournament champions and runners-up. Severn defeated Paul Varelans, David "Tank" Abbott, and UFC 6 Tournament Champion Oleg Taktarov all in the same night to capture the tournament title.
With this win, Severn earned a rematch and title shot against then current UFC Champion Ken Shamrock for the UFC Superfight Championship. Severn won a split decision in what most fans regard as one of the worst fights in MMA history, mainly due to legal issues surrounding the event. With the win, Severn captured his third title 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, The Ultimate Fighter competitor Luke Zachrich, Sean Sherk, and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Severn continued his MMA career on 29 January 2011 by racking up his 97th, and 8th straight, victory in a win over Scott Fraser. In doing so he won the Elite 1 Heavyweight championship. The end came at 4:59 of Round 2 as Fraser tapped to Severn's arm triangle which he has used to secure his last three victories. The event took place at the Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
He successfully defeated Cal Worsham again, this time via unanimous decision in the main event of Legends Collide 2 on 20 February 2011. Held under the long running Gladiator Challenge promotion in San Jacinto, California, Severn picked up his 9th straight win to improve his record to 98-16-7.
Severn earned his 100th career victory on April 16, 2011 with a submission victory over Aaron Garcia at KOTC: Texas.
Dan Severn is one of only three fighters to have over 100 wins in mixed martial arts, and he has beaten the other two.
Professional wrestling career
Early professional wrestling career
As he is accomplished in amateur wrestling, Severn is an accomplished professional wrestler too, having worked for UWF International in Japan, the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Dan Severn originally started competing in professional wrestling in 1992 for UWF-I (Universal Wrestling Federation International) under the Union Of Professional Wrestling Force. This is the international version and not to be confused with UWF-J which is the Japanese version. In his debut match on November 25, 1992, he defeated Yuko Miyato. (also known as Shigeo Miyato) He then defeated the likes of Yoji Anjo, and Kiyoshi Tamura, which lead to 1993. On February 14, 1993, Dan Severn was defeated by Nobuhiko Takada. This was Severn's first official loss in professional wrestling.
On January 28, 1994, Severn began to wrestle for AAPW (All American Pro Wrestling) Dan Severn faced Shinobi in a winning effort. One day later he beat his former trainer, Al Snow on an AAPW (All American Pro Wrestling) show. Severn began to branch out to other promotions such as BCW (Border City Wrestling) and CWF (continental championship wrestling).
National Wrestling Alliance (1995-present)
He entered the National Wrestling Alliance in 1995, and defeated Chris Candido for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship on a Smoky Mountain Wrestling card. Severn went on to win the UFC Superfight Heavyweight Championship that year, making him the first and only man to hold an MMA and a professional wrestling championship simultaneously. Severn held the NWA Championship for four years, the longest reign in over two decades and as of currently[when?] the third-longest reign in the belt's history. Severn defended the title on various NWA promtions such as NWA New Jersey and Outaia Pro Wrestling.
Severn paid tribute by defending the NWA tittle on the following shows: On April 12, 1997 on the NWA 2nd Annual Eddie Gilbert Memorial Brawl, Dan Severn fought Dory Funk Jr. and the match ended in a double count-out for Severn to retain the NWA world heavyweight title. On February 28, 1998 on the NWA 3rd Annual Eddie Gilbert Memorial Brawl, Dan Severn defeated Franz Schuhmann to retain the NWA world heavyweight title.
World Wrestling Federation (1998-1999)
As NWA champion, Severn appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment) in 1998 during a story line where the NWA invaded the WWF. Severn also wrestled on NWA territories at the same time during his tenure with the WWF. Severn was first seen attacking the headbangers when they were feuding with Bob Holly and Bart Gunn, who were apart of the NWA invasion. In his debut match, he defeated Flash Funk in quick fashion. He was briefly managed by Jim Cornette and who commentated during his matches and helped "get him over". During his entrance, he and Jim carried his titles consisting of UFC belts and NWA world's heavyweight title. it was stated that "He has so many titles he keeps some at home because he cant take them in the airport" by Jim Cornette. His character was more on the "heel" side too. Like Flash Funk, he defeated multiple opponents afterwards, the likes of Savio vega and Mosh, in quick fashion and by showing some of his Mixed Martial style and ability. This led to a winning streak. The NWA invasion was brief and saw the debut of The New Midnight Express and a repackaged Jeff Jarrett. Barry Windham was also a member.
He feuded with old MMA rival Ken Shamrock, where the WWF played up their history in UFC. 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, defeating D'Lo Brown and Owen Hart before losing to The Rock in the semi-finals. Later that year he was involved in a storyline with Owen Hart, where Hart caused an (kayfabe) injury to the neck of Severn, via a piledriver. He was part of the 1999 Royal Rumble, being the 8th entrant and lasting almost 6 minutes before being eliminated by Mabel. He left WWF due creative differences. His last match was on the following Raw, where Steve Blackman defeated Dan Severn via Disqualification. According to Severn, WWF asked to him to tattoo "666" on his forehead ("the mark of the beast") and become an Undertaker disciple, presumably as part of his Ministry of Darkness stable forming during that time.
Independent circuit (2000-present)
Severn appeared in 2000 in the short-lived WXO promotion. In 2002, he again won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, this time from Shinya Hashimoto in Japan. This title reign was controversial 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 Ken Shamrock.
Severn founded Price of Glory Wrestling with Mark Pennington, based out of Coldwater, Michigan in June 2004. Utilizing the many students at his pro wrestling school Michigan Sports Camps, they created the now popular promotion running on a monthly basis. Severn has competed many times on Price of Glory Wrestling against the likes of Jimmy Jacobs, N8 Mattson, CJ Otis, Jack Thriller and more. He was a referee for Price of Glory 17: Merry Massacre in 2005.
In 2006 Severn wrestled on AWE, the television series which had 1 season and 7 episodes on the fight network. After this, the AWE folded.
On June 21, 2009 on Price of Glory (PoG), Severn and Johnny Dynamo had a career vs career match in which the loser has to end their career. Both competitors cut a promo on each other, Dan worked as the face meanwhile Johnny worked as a heel. Johnny, who had the Price of Glory heavyweight championship defended the title in this match. After a technical match-up, Severn came out as the victor and won the Price of Glory Heavyweight championship. The show ended with the two wrestlers showing respect to each other and the roster coming out in respect of the end of Dynamos career.
In May 2016, Dan signed with AIW for a promotional deal. He was put in to a championship tournament and advanced by defeating Colin Delaney. Severn was knocked out of the tournament in a fatal four-way match when Raymond Rowe was the victor against Dan, Tim Donst and Tracey Williams.
On February 4, 2017, Severn was inducted into the War Wrestling Hall of Fame in Lima, OH.
On January 1, 2013, Severn announced his retirement from MMA competition.
Return to active competition (2016–present)
Severn was scheduled to face fellow mixed martial arts veteran Tank Abbott on March 20, 2016 in a MMA match for the upstart URFight promotion. The bout was later scrapped after Tank suffered an injury during training, Severn later appeared at the event and stated he plans to continue his fight career and hopes to fight at a future URFight event.
Dan still wants to compete. He says that he wants a last match with Ken Shamrock to "settle the score". Since Dan did not get this fight as planned in 2016. The fight did not occur due to Ken pulling out a week beforehand. Dan was "pissed" and called him "no balls".
Severn was born in Flint, Michigan, and went to High School at Hill McCloy HS located in Montrose, Michigan. He has 5 children.
He has a book published named "The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn" which consists of The Beast's career and life. The authors of this book are Jim Cornette, who was his former wrestling manager, Ian Douglas and Dan himself. The book was originally published on the 7th of July 2016. An autobiography version is also available.
In professional wrestling
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Belly to belly suplex
- back to belly Piledriver (usually transitioned into his armbar finishing maneuver)
- Double leg take down transitioned into shots to the ear with palms of hands
- Dragon sleeper
- German suplex
- Guillotine choke
- Gutwrench suplex
- Heel hook
- Key lock
- Lifting single underhook facebuster
- Rear naked choke
- Wrestling takedown
- Entrance music
Championships and accomplishments
- Arizona State University wrestling Hall of Famer
- 1980 Summer Olympic team alternate
- 13 National AAU wrestling championships from 1982 to 1994
- 1984 Summer Olympic team alternate
- 1985 Canada Cup Gold Medalist
- 1988 Summer Olympic team alternate
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Headlined and Won the main event of WEC 1
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC 5 Tournament Championship
- Ultimate Ultimate 1995 Tournament Championship
- UFC Superfight Championship (One time, last)
- UFC 4 Tournament Runner Up
- UFC Hall of Fame
- UFC Viewer's Choice Award
- First fighter to ever be awarded a UFC title belt
- Triple Crown Champion (The first and only in UFC history)
- The Danger Zone
- Undefeated in Danger Zone single bout competition
- Elite-1 MMA
- Elite-1 MMA Heavyweight Championship (one time, current)
- Continental Freefighting Alliance
- CFA Super Heavyweight Championship (one time, current)
- Gladiator Challenge
- Gladiator Challenge Superfight Heavyweight Championship (one time, current)
- Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
- Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestling
- ATCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Great American Mat Endeavors
- GAME Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Global Wrestling Alliance
- GWA Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- Legends Pro Wrestling
- LPW Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)
- National Championship Wrestling
- NCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Alliance
- Price of Glory Wrestling
- PoG Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- WAR Wrestling
- WAR Hall of Fame (2017)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|128 matches||101 wins||20 losses|
|Win||101–19–7||Alex Rozman||Decision (unanimous)||Blue Blood MMA||April 28, 2012||3||5:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||100–19–7||Lee Beane||KO (punches)||Paul Vandale Promotions: The Beast Comes East||May 20, 2011||1||3:28||Worcester, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||100–18–7||Ryan Fortin||KO (punches)||King Of The Cage: Mile Zero||April 29, 2011||3||4:04||Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||100–17–7||Aaron Garcia||Submission (neck crank)||KOTC: Texas||April 16, 2011||1||2:18||Lubbock, Texas, United States|
|Win||99–17–7||Cal Worsham||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator Challenge: Legends Collide 2||February 20, 2011||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||98–17–7||Scott Fraser||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Elite-1 MMA: Tapping Out||January 29, 2011||1||4:59||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada||Won Elite-1 MMA Heavyweight Title|
|Win||97–17–7||William Hatch||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||King of the Cage: Black Ops||December 4, 2010||1||4:23||Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||96–17–7||Tom Benesocky||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||King of the Cage 48||November 21, 2010||1||1:33||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||95–17–7||Chad Olmstead||TKO (punches)||King of the Cage: Lock Down||July 30, 2010||2||1:27||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||94–17–7||Sam Flood||Submission (guillotine choke)||King of the Cage: Fearless||April 24, 2010||1||4:24||Penticton, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||93–17–7||Buddie Dixion||TKO (punches)||King of the Cage: Thunderstruck ll||March 18, 2010||2||2:22||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||92–17–7||Eddie Trotter||TKO (doctor stoppage)||GFC: Gladiator Fighting Championship||October 24, 2009||1||5:00||Jenkins, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||91–17–7||Woody Young||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KOTC: Disputed||July 25, 2009||2||2:31||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States|
|Win||90–17–7||Steve Eakins||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator Challenge: The Beast||May 16, 2009||3||5:00||Elko, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||89–17–7||William Richey||Decision (split)||Iroquois: MMA Championships 7||January 24, 2009||3||5:00||Hagersville, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||89–16–7||Pavel Botka||Decision||Heaven or Hell: Hell Cage||May 3, 2008||N/A||N/A||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||89–15–7||Damon Clark||Submission (kimura)||WFC: Armageddon||April 12, 2008||1||2:30||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||88–15–7||Colin Robinson||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Wars: Max Extreme fighting||March 9, 2008||3||N/A||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||87–15–7||Ian Asham||Submission (kimura)||Iroquois: MMA Championships II||February 9, 2008||N/A||N/A||Ohsweken, Ontario, United States|
|Win||86–15–7||Don Richards||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Bad Boys||November 21, 2007||3||5:00||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||85–15–7||Jimmy Westfall||Decision (unanimous)||Universal Fight Promotions||October 13, 2007||3||5:00||New Mexico, United States|
|Win||84–15–7||Mark Smith||TKO (corner stoppage)||Titans of the Pentagon||September 22, 2007||1||N/A||San José, Costa Rica|
|Win||83–15–7||Victor Vincelette||Submission (choke)||WFC: Rumble in the Red Rocks||June 9, 2007||1||1:35||Camp Verde, Arizona, United States|
|Win||82–15–7||Terrell Pree||Submission (armbar)||WVF: Minot||April 21, 2007||1||4:18||Minot, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||81–15–7||Jason Keith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GC 60: Invasion||March 23, 2007||1||2:36||Farmington, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||80–15–7||Kasey Geyer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CCCF: Riverwind Rumble||February 24, 2007||2||1:25||Norman, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||79–15–7||Clifford Coon||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CCCF: Red River Riot||February 17, 2007||1||1:53||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||78–15–7||Dave Legeno||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 20||February 10, 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||78–14–7||Wade Hamilton||Submission (americana)||KOTC: Mass Destruction||January 26, 2007||1||3:08||Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||77–14–7||Chris Clark||Submission (heel hook)||IFC: Rumble on the River 2||November 10, 2006||1||3:08||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||76–14–7||Brian Heden||Decision (split)||NFA: Night of the Beast||September 23, 2006||4||5:00||Fargo, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||75–14–7||Skip Hall||Submission (choke)||Independent event||August 26, 2006||1||N/A||Alabama, United States|
|Win||74–14–7||Lanny Griffin||Submission (scarf hold)||Indiana Martial Arts||August 12, 2006||1||0:46||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||73–14–7||Robert Berry||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MMA Total Combat 16||June 3, 2006||1||4:21||Spennymoor, England|
|Win||72–14–7||Victor Vincelette||Submission (punches)||WFC: Rumble in the Rockies||January 21, 2006||1||1:22||Loveland, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||71–14–7||Joop Kasteel||KO (punch)||Rings Holland: Men of Honor||December 11, 2005||1||1:28||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||71–13–7||Tyson Smith||Submission (punches)||Action Wrestling Entertainment||October 5, 2005||1||4:12||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Loss||70–13–7||Victor Valimaki||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 8: Resurrection||September 9, 2005||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||70–12–7||Rick Collup||Submission (knees)||GC 39: Titans Collide||July 17, 2005||2||3:11||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||69–12–7||Shannon Ritch||Submission (triangle choke)||Extreme Wars: X-1||July 2, 2005||2||1:05||Honolulu, United States|
|Win||68–12–7||Shannon Ritch||Submission (americana)||Northern Fighting Championships||June 3, 2005||2||N/A||Alaska, United States|
|Loss||67–12–7||Bob Stines||Submission (punches)||Warrior: MMA 4||March 12, 2005||1||0:52||Corbin, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||67–11–7||Cal Worsham||TKO (doctor stoppage)||GC 34: Legends Collide||January 27, 2005||3||3:29||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||66–11–7||Lee Mein||TKO||Continental Fighting Championships||November 20, 2004||2||1:41||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Loss||65–11–7||James Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||UC 11: Wrath of the Beast||September 12, 2004||5||5:00||Bristol, England|
|Win||65–10–7||Chad Rafdel||TKO (corner stoppage)||AFA: Beast||July 31, 2004||1||3:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||64–10–7||Hidetada Irie||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator FC: Day 1||June 26, 2004||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||63–10–7||Ruben Villareal||Decision (split)||GC 27: FightFest 2||June 3, 2004||2||5:00||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||62–10–7||Greg Lockhart||Submission||Dangerzone: Professional Level Cage Fighting||April 10, 2004||2||1:45||Osceola, Iowa, United States|
|Win||61–10–7||Johnathan Ivey||Decision (unanimous)||Hardcore Fighting Championships 3||March 27, 2004||N/A||N/A||Worcester, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||60–10–7||Tony Bonello||Submission (rear naked choke)||XFC 4: Australia vs The World||March 19, 2004||1||1:36||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||60–9–7||Ulysses Castro||Submission (verbal)||Enter the Beast||March 6, 2004||3||2:45||Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada|
|Draw||60–8–7||Jerry Vrbanovic||Draw||KOTC 33: After Shock||February 20, 2004||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||60–8–6||Seth Petruzelli||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 32: Bringing Heat||January 24, 2004||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||60–7–6||Ray Seraille||Submission (armbar)||Pacific X-Treme Combat||January 17, 2004||3||2:03||Mangilao, Guam, United States|
|Win||59–7–6||Mathias Hughes||Submission||Seasons Beatings||December 18, 2003||1||2:40||Winnipeg, Canada|
|Draw||58–7–6||Homer Moore||Draw||RITC 54: 'The Beast' vs 'The Rock'||October 25, 2003||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||58–7–5||Gary Dudley||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 18||August 21, 2003||1||2:08||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||57–7–5||Dan Christison||Decision (split)||KOTC 24: Mayhem||June 14, 2003||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||56–7–5||Shane Moore||Submission||Hardcore Fighting Championships 1||May 24, 2003||2||0:46||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||55–7–5||Cory Timmerman||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 23: Sin City||May 16, 2003||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||54–7–5||Ulysses Castro||Decision||MFC 6: Road To Gold||February 22, 2003||3||5:00||Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada|
|Draw||54–6–5||Pat Stano||Draw||War at the Shore||January 17, 2003||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||54–6–4||Mike Ward||Submission (bulldog choke)||UC 4: Eyes of the Beast||December 1, 2002||3||1:42||Chippenham, England|
|Win||53–6–4||Justin Eilers||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 3: Total Chaos||November 23, 2002||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||52–6–4||Mark Smith||Submission (americana)||KOTC 18: Sudden Impact||November 1, 2002||1||2:56||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||51–6–4||Dan Christison||Decision||Aztec Challenge 1||September 6, 2002||3||5:00||Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|Win||50–6–4||John Jensen||TKO (corner stoppage)||KOTC 14: 5150||June 19, 2002||1||5:00||Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||49–6–4||Steve Sayegh||Submission (punches)||Dangerzone: Caged Heat||April 13, 2002||1||5:45||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||48–6–4||Forrest Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||RSF 5: New Blood Conflict||October 27, 2001||3||4:00||Augusta, Georgia, United States|
|Draw||47–6–4||Travis Fulton||Draw||Iowa Challenge 3||September 22, 2001||3||5:00||Waterloo, Iowa, United States|
|Win||47–6–3||Lenn Walker||Submission (punches)||UW: St. Paul||July 15, 2001||1||1:49||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||46–6–3||Travis Fulton||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 1||June 30, 2001||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||45–6–3||Wes Sims||Decision (unanimous)||RSF 2: Attack at the Track||June 23, 2001||3||4:00||Chester, West Virginia, United States|
|Win||44–6–3||Harry Moskowitz||Submission (americana)||Reality Combat Fighting 11||May 10, 2001||1||2:12||Houma, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||43–6–3||Jonathan Wiezorek||Submission (choke)||RSF 1: Redemption in the Valley||April 21, 2001||2||1:03||Wheeling, West Virginia, United States|
|Win||43–5–3||Aaron Keeney||Submission (americana)||Dangerzone: Insane In Ft. Wayne||November 25, 2000||1||2:03||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||42–5–3||Travis Fulton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dangerzone: Night of the Beast||October 28, 2000||1||2:01||Lynchburg, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||41–5–3||Pedro Rizzo||TKO (leg kicks)||UFC 27||September 22, 2000||1||1:33||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||41–4–3||Andrei Kopylov||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: Millennium Combine 3||August 23, 2000||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||40–4–3||John Dixson||Submission (americana)||Continental Freefighting Alliance 2||July 19, 2000||1||5:18||Corinth, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||39–4–3||Ron Rumpf||Submission (americana)||Dangerzone: Battle At The Bear||July 8, 2000||1||0:54||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||38–4–3||Robert Stines||Submission (neck crank)||Dangerzone: Ft. Wayne 2||May 20, 2000||1||0:44||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||37–4–3||Marcus Silveira||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||WEF 9: World Class||May 13, 2000||1||4:46||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||36–4–3||Bart Vale||TKO (doctor stoppage)||CFA 1: Collision at the Crossroads||March 25, 2000||2||0:36||Corinth, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||35–4–3||Josh Barnett||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 16||February 8, 2000||4||1:21||Honolulu, United States|
|Win||35–3–3||Mark Jaquith||Decision||Dangerzone: Ft. Wayne||November 22, 1999||1||15:00||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||34–3–3||Phil Ortiz||Submission (americana)||Extreme Challenge 28||October 9, 1999||1||1:55||Ogden, Utah, United States|
|Win||33–3–3||David Ferguson||Submission (punches)||Dangerzone: Ft. Smith||September 18, 1999||1||8:36||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||32–3–3||Nick Starks||Decision||Ultimate Reality Fighting||July 18, 1999||N/A||0:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||31–3–3||Brad Kohler||TKO (slam)||Ultimate Wrestling||June 25, 1999||1||7:57||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||30–3–3||Slade Martin||Submission (americana)||Dangerzone: Mahnomen||June 19, 1999||1||3:30||Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||29–3–3||Ross Quam||Submission (jaw lock)||Brawl in the Black Hills 1||May 15, 1999||1||N/A||Rapid City, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||28–3–3||Kevin Rosier||Submission (bulldog choke)||Cage Combat 1||December 8, 1998||1||1:00||Conesville, Iowa, United States|
|Win||27–3–3||Joe Frailey||Submission (armbar)||SuperBrawl 9||September 19, 1998||1||4:02||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Draw||26–3–3||Pat Miletich||Draw||Extreme Challenge 20||August 22, 1998||1||20:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||26–3–2||Chris Franco||TKO (doctor stoppage)||SuperBrawl 8||August 4, 1998||1||4:55||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||25–3–2||Sam Adkins||Submission (Fatigue)||International Fighting Championships 8: Showdown at Shooting Star||June 20, 1998||1||12:53||Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||24–3–2||Steve Miller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Shoot Wrestling||June 12, 1998||1||5:45||Pasadena, Texas, United States|
|Win||23–3–2||John Calvo||TKO (punches)||SuperBrawl 7||April 25, 1998||1||3:38||Guam, United States|
|Win||22–3–2||Travis Fulton||Submission (americana)||Gladiators 2||April 18, 1998||1||10:39||Iowa, United States|
|Win||21–3–2||Kevin Rosier||TKO (knees)||Extreme Challenge 15||February 27, 1998||1||0:53||Muncie, Indiana, United States|
|Draw||20–3–2||Kimo Leopoldo||Draw (time limit)||Pride 1||October 11, 1997||1||30:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||20–3–1||John Renfroe||Submission (americana)||International Fighting Championships 6: Battle at Four Bears||September 20, 1997||1||2:28||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||19–3–1||John Dixson||Submission (punches)||International Fighting Championships 5: Battle in the Bayou||September 5, 1997||1||2:33||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||18–3–1||Lance Gibson||Submission (americana)||SuperBrawl 5||August 23, 1997||1||26:22||Guam, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Paul Buentello||Submission (headlock)||Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 6||August 16, 1997||1||2:55||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Win||16–3–1||Ebenezer Fontes Braga||TKO (doctor stoppage)||International Vale Tudo Championship 1: Real Fight Tournament||July 6, 1997||1||8:17||Brazil|
|Draw||15–3–1||Jeremy Horn||Draw||Extreme Challenge 7||June 25, 1997||1||20:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||15–3||John Renfroe||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 6||May 10, 1997||1||2:29||Battle Creek, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Mark Coleman||Submission (neck crank)||UFC 12||February 7, 1997||1||2:57||Dothan, Alabama, United States||For UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||14–2||Steven Goss||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 1||November 23, 1996||1||1:53||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||13–2||Mitsuhiro Matsunaga||Submission (reverse armbar)||U-Japan||November 17, 1996||1||1:32||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–2||Mario Neto||Decision||Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4||October 22, 1996||1||40:00||Brazil|
|Win||11–2||Dennis Reed||Submission (neck crank)||Brawl at the Ballpark 1||September 1, 1996||1||4:10||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–2||Doug Murphy||Submission (americana)||Vale Tudo Japan 1996||July 7, 1996||1||3:23||Urayasu, Chiba, Japan|
|Win||9–2||Ken Shamrock||Decision (split)||UFC 9||May 17, 1996||1||30:00||Detroit, Michigan, United States||Won UFC Superfight Championship|
|Win||8–2||Oleg Taktarov||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Ultimate 1995||December 16, 1995||1||30:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won Ultimate Ultimate 95 Tournament|
|Win||7–2||Tank Abbott||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Ultimate 1995||December 16, 1995||1||18:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–2||Paul Varelans||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Ultimate Ultimate 1995||December 16, 1995||1||1:40||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Ken Shamrock||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 6||July 14, 1995||1||2:14||Casper, Wyoming, United States||For UFC Superfight Championship|
|Win||5–1||Dave Beneteau||Submission (americana)||UFC 5||April 7, 1995||1||3:01||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States||Won UFC 5 Tournament|
|Win||4–1||Oleg Taktarov||TKO (cut)||UFC 5||April 7, 1995||1||4:21||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||3–1||Joe Charles||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 5||April 7, 1995||1||1:38||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Royce Gracie||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 4||December 16, 1994||1||15:49||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||2–0||Marcus Bossett||Submission (arm tirangle choke)||UFC 4||December 16, 1994||1||0:52||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||1–0||Anthony Macias||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 4||December 16, 1994||1||1:45||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dan Severn.|
- Official website
- Professional MMA record for Dan Severn from Sherdog
- Website of the film Catch - the hold not taken, featuring Dan Severn, a documentary on the impact of wrestling in the UFC
- Interview on Genickbruch.com
- Dan Severn at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Dan Severn's interview with John Kline of Elevation Radio
- MuscleSport Radio interview with Joe Pietaro, June 16, 2009
- Dan Severn at the Internet Movie Database
|2nd UFC Superfight Champion
May 17, 1996 - February 7, 1997