Severn has captured the attention of fight and
wrestling fans all over the world since his 1994
debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championships [UFC].
Dan is known as "The Beast", a name
given to him by Jim Brown during one of his many
fights in the UFC. The native of Coldwater Michigan
has accepted all challengers in any no holds barred,
or professional wrestling events. On May 17, 1996,
Dan was crowned the UFC Superfight Champion in
his home state of Michigan. He defeated "The
World's Most Dangerous Man", Ken Shamrock
to regain the title. Dan is the only triple crown
UFC champion in the sport today. Severn has won
two eight man tournaments and The Ultimate Ultimate
1996, which pitted champions and runner-ups against
each another to determine the true champion of
began his career in the fight game as a Greco-Roman
and freestyle wrestler. Dan 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.
Dan was inducted into Arizona State University's wrestling
hall of fame at the end of his prestigious collegiate
completing his degree program and graduation, Dan
continued on a quest to be the best amateur wrestler
in the world. Numerous competitions from 1982 to 1994
took him to Japan, Hungary, Cuba, France, and Turkey.
On each trip, Severn captured another title. Dan 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
1994, this distinguished athlete stepped into "The
Octagon" for the first time. The octagon is a
6' high steel cage that is the focal point of the
Ultimate Fighting Championships. The UFC is a no holds
barred competition where athletes display their skills
in a full contact event. This sport is the only event
that pits athletes of different disciplines against
one another. In the beginning there were few rules;
no biting and no eye gouging. Through the years more
rules have been added to the event to help the promoters
work with the athletic commissions around the country.
A bout is ended by a KO, TKO, athlete tap out, referee
stoppage, or the towel being thrown. Severn easily
established his place among the best fighters in the
world with his awesome competitive fire to be the
Beast's world class wrestling skill, commitment, and
desire provided the foundation for his success. Severn
knew he needed to continue to improve his arsenal,
so he added black belts in the sports of Sombo, Judo,
and Jui Jitsu to his athletic package.
addition to being technically skilled and feared by
his opponents, Dan is undeniably popular with the
public. His athletic abilities and charisma with the
fans have created a bond with supporters of this controversial
sport. Severn always enters the arena to thousands
of fans chanting "Beast"!
through his notoriety in the UFC stepped in a different
ring in 1998. The World Wrestling Federation wanted
to capitalize on Severn's skills. Dan wrestled weekly
for the WWF as he continued a grueling appearance,
seminar, and no holds barred fighting schedule. He
is known around the world as the most active competitor
in sports today. Competing for over 30 professional
wrestling organizations, 12 fight promotions, and
speaking engagements. Dan also held the National Wrestling
Alliance heavyweight title in the professional wrestling
ranks for longer than any other previous NWA champion.
He has over 95 state, national, and international
wrestling titles under his belt, and in 1999, reached
a milestone by competing in his 4000th match.
future of this renaissance man is unlimited. Dan 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.
The Internet is full of the Beast's accomplishments,
as well as his official web site. 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 Elliot Show, Nash Bridges,
and many commercials.
has been instrumental in introducing fighters into
the UFC, including a two-time tournament champion,
Don Frye. He has also introduced the first female
no holds barred fighter in the U.S. to the world.
She is now the number one ranked fighter on the scene
has developed a 10,000 square foot training facility
on his property. This facility is able to house and
train individuals for martial arts, amateur wrestling,
professional wrestling or the fight game. This facility
is a haven for athletes to train and gain the knowledge
that the Beast has to offer.
1999, Dan created a Mixed Martial Arts promotion called
The Danger Zone and currently showcases tremendous
fight cards around the country. This promotion is
geared around the amateur fighter to help develop
a backbone to the sport. Professional bouts and amateur
tournaments are all part of the Danger Zone.
2004, Dan created "The Dangerzone: Defensive
Tactics," where he travels around the country
training officers about various ground techniques
to protect them further from possible hostile situations.
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all the success and attention, Severn remains humble
and down to earth. Dan has strong ties to the community
in Coldwater, and in being a good role model for children.
His motto is "Not only do you need to build a
strong body, but you must also build a strong mind
to enhance it".
only triple crown Ultimate Fighting Champion. Winner
of UFC V 8-man tournament - the Ultimate Ultimate
that pits tournament Champions and runner-ups in the
best of the best 8 man tournament, UFC IX where Dan
beat Ken Shamrock in front of a sold out crowd in
his home state of MI.
Extreme Super Heavyweight Champion. He defeated BJJ
specialist Conan Silveria.
Freefighting Alliance Super Heavyweight Champion.
He remains the Champion after defeating Bart Vale
and John Dixon.
in Danger Zone single bout competition.
has fought for many NHB and shootwrestling organizations
including International Fighting Championship, Extreme
Challenge, Future Brawl, United Shoot Wrestling Federation,
Pride, U-Japan, King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge
and a few Brazilian organizations.
Hall of Famer
Ultimate Fighting Champion
One Year Semi-Pro Football
1st Degree Black Belt - Combat Sambo
National Champion in Greco Roman, Freestyle and Sambo
National Wrestling Alliance Professional Wrestling
3rd Degree Black Belt - Judo and JuJitsu
Toughman Kickboxing Champion
Olympic Alternate - 1984 and 1988 in Wrestling
Coaching: 15 years experience [Arizona State, Michigan
State, Michigan Wrestling Club]
Holder of 90 State, National and International Records/Titles
picture Rudy [Tri-Star Productions] playing a Notre
Dame football player
Appearance on CBS drama Nash Bridges
Athlete model for sports calendar [United States Wrestling
Professional wrestling video tapes, UFC Instructional
video "Secrets of the Octagon"
"The Beast" Severn (born June 8, 1958 in
Coldwater, Michigan) is an American mixed martial
artist and professional wrestler, notable for his
success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship
tournaments. Severn has also fought for many NHB and
shootwrestling organizations including International
Fighting Championship, Extreme Challenge, Future Brawl,
United Shoot Wrestling Federation, PRIDE, U-Japan,
King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge and a number
of Brazilian organizations.
has a long history in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling.
He was a four time All-American at Arizona State,
the original sunkist kid (The very first one)Sunkist
Kids  , 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 USA. In his long career, he has held
many national and international titles; he was often
introduced to the UFC Octagon as holding more than
95 in total. Severn also held the US national record
for victories by pin from 1976 to 1992, his 112 eventually
overtaken by the 114 of Matt Padgett.
Mixed Martial Arts
Severn was the first world-class wrestler to enter
the UFC, becoming indicative of the ensuing period
of dominance by wrestlers continued by men like Don
Frye in UFC 8 and 9 and Mark Coleman in UFC 10 and
11. Severn entered the UFC in 1995 at UFC 4: Revenge
of the Warriors, where he captured the hearts of 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 used a triangle
choke hold, but only after the much bigger Severn
dominated in Gracie's guard for around 15 minutes,
lacking the striking experience to finish his opponent.
Severn rectified this loss when he captured the championship
in UFC 5: Return of the Beast, defeating Dave Beneteau
in the finals. Severn went on to win Ultimate Ultimate
'95, a tournament of UFC champions defeating Oleg
Taktarov. He also managed his friend and fellow champion,
Don Frye, during UFC 8, and would later train the
successful female competitor, Becky Levi. His first
and only fight in PRIDE was a lackluster draw against
Kimo in 1997; since then, he has continued to compete
in a variety of MMA promotions, such as King of the
Cage, the UFC, the British Ultimate Combat and Gladiator
Challenge among others. In 1999, Severn and Levi founded
a new mixed martial arts promotion intended to provide
a platform for amateur fighters, called The Danger
Zone, in which Severn also took part.
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 NWA in 1995, and defeated Chris Candido
for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship on
a Smokey Mountain Wrestling card. Severn would go
on to win the UFC championship that year, making him
the first and only man to hold the NWA and UFC championships
simultaneously. During his short stint in the WWF,
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 appeared in 2000 in the
short-lived WXO promotion. Severn would not again
hold professional wrestling gold until 2001, when
he again won the NWA championship, this time from
Shinya Hashimoto. 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
TNA pay-per-view to defend his title; the belt was
won that evening by Severn's long-time rival, Ken
now is the president of the successful Price of Glory
Wrestling held out of his training facility in Coldwater,
Michigan. POG Wrestling is known for breeding some
of the top talent performing in the Midwest today
including Jack Thriller, Johnny Dynamo, CJ Otis, Rastakhan,
BAM, JT Zorin, and more. Severn also wrestles for
the promotion on occasion. His most notable feud in
POG Wrestling has been with Jimmy Jacobs.
Severn writes a regular e-newsletter to members of
his website, and is a columnist for FIGHTING SPIRIT
sign up to his newsletter is avaliable on his official
The website also holds a bio, merchandise, his promotions
and much more.
Finishing and signature moves
Beast Choker (Dragon sleeper with body scissors)
Championships and accomplishments
Arizona State University wrestling Hall of Famer
1980 Summer Olympic team alternate
13 National AAU wrestling championships from 1982
1984 Summer Olympic team alternate
1985 Canada Cup Gold Medalist 
Mixed martial arts
Continental Freefighting Alliance
CFA Super Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
The Danger Zone
Undefeated in Danger Zone single bout competition
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC 5 Championship
UFC Ultimate Ultimate '95 Championship
UFC 9 Superfight Championship
UFC Hall of Famer
World Extreme Cagefighting
WEC Super Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
National Wrestling Alliance
NWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
NWA UK Hammerlock
NWA United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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