Over the last year on CYInterview, we’ve had the opportunity to speak, on a number of occasions, with one of the greats of MMA, amateur wrestling and professional wrestling. He is none other than Dan “The Beast” Severn. The former UFC Champion and NWA World Champion is back with us to talk about his upcoming MMA/Kickboxing event in Auburn, Indiana on May 5th.
If you cannot attend the live event, you can watch Dan Severn’s Danger Zone MMA event online for $10. You can find more information about the upcoming Cinco De Mayhem event at www.facebook.com/dangerzonemma.
In amateur wrestling, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, Dan Severn’s contributions stand out. Today, Dan is no longer actively fighting, yet he is still active in both pro wrestling and mixed martial arts as a trainer and promoter.
Though many might focus on his accomplishments in the UFC and mixed martial arts in general, his time in pro wrestling is quite notable as well. Dan was a two time NWA World Champion. One of his runs as champ was one of the longest in the NWA title’s history. His reign as champion gave him a chance to spend time with professional wrestling legend Lou Thesz. A former WWE superstar, he was part of the company during one of the most successful periods of that promotion’s history.
This past August [see here], we had the opportunity to speak with former UFC Champion and NWA World Champion Dan Severn, about his life and his new book The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn.
Speaking with the gifted amateur wrestler, MMA fighter and pro wrestler always makes for an interesting exchange. Mr. Severn’s accomplishments speak for themselves. In our latest chat, Dan talks about his goals for 2017, his advice for UFC fighter Ronda Rousey - if she were to join the WWE and enter the world or professional wrestling - and his desire to have one more MMA match against Ken Shamrock, this year, among other topics.
Few people have reached the top tier in a variety of sports and entertainment organizations. Dan Severn’s dominance in amateur wrestling, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling makes him one of a select few who has succeeded at that feat.
An accomplished amateur wrestler, Severn narrowly missed out on a chance to compete in the Olympics. That represents one of his few defeats in sports competition. “The Beast,” as he’s widely known, has accomplished amazing things in a variety of mixed martial arts organizations. However, it was the UFC that brought him to the top of the mountain. With 101 wins and 26 losses in 127 bouts in mixed martial arts, he is one of the most accomplished men to ever walk into the cage.
Aside from MMA, he also achieved greatness in the world of professional wrestling. He had one of the longest reigns as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and had a memorable run with the WWE.