The Beast (nickname), as he was popularly known in his heyday, or Dan Severn (his stage name) is a wrestler who has set records that can only be broken by someone twice as strong and fearless as he was during his days in the ring. Dan Severn was the first man ever to participate simultaneously in the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he defeated many of his opponents with ease.
Here’s a report on who he is and five interesting things you should know about this voracious fighter who refused to retire even though he has come of age.
Who is Dan Severn?
Not many wrestlers were born on June 8, 1958, but for one born and raised on a farm in Coldwater, central Michigan, Severn turned out to be a good representation of his birthday comrades in the martial arts.
Because Dan Severn, like most other kids then and now, grew up, he started playing basketball and was very good at it right into his teens. The boy switched to martial arts, especially amateur wrestling and jujutsu (a Japanese martial art where close combat is about defeating an armed and armored opponent with or without a short weapon). During his school days at Hill McCloy HS in Montrose, Michigan, one of his coaches approached him and asked him to sign up for amateur wrestling after they ran out of competitors at their school. This was his first contact with the sport when he seized the opportunity and began training in amateur wrestling.
During his time at high school, Dan showed the first signs of what a good fighter he was. He became All American three times at Arizona State University in Wrestling. After high school, Dan Severn started his wrestling career as a Greco-Roman wrestler and freestyle wrestler. Between 1982 and 1994, he fought in various promotions in wrestling in countries such as France, Japan, Turkey, Cuba, and Hungary and won various titles while fighting his way to star status.
The fighter from Michigan started his professional fighting career in 1992 as a wrestler for the UWF-I (Universal Wrestling Federation International). From 2017 he fought in the Gladiator Championship in Wrestling and Price of Glory Wrestling.
In MMA he made his debut in the UFC 4 in 1994 and defeated his opponents on his way to the top of the sport before he retired in 2013. Dan made a comeback with hopes of a URFight rise, but at various times his opponents Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott could not present themselves as fit to fight. He is still hoping for a future URFight event. Dan Severn has not yet officially retired from wrestling.
Here are 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know About Him
- Birth Sign
Dan Serven was born on June 28, which makes his birth sign twin.
- Family and the Wrestling Tradition
The names of his parents are not known at this time, but we have in good books that Dan Severn has 4 brothers; Dave, Mike, Mark, and Rod, who were All-American wrestlers in high school and college.
The second generation of Severn has also turned to wrestle, with Dan’s son David Severn becoming a two-time state champion at Bronson High School, Dave’s son Jake winning a state title in Arizona, while Rod’s son Austin became state champion for New Lothrop twice.
- Body Measurements
The beast stands at a height of 1.88 m (6 feet 2 inches) and weighs 113 kg (250 lb). Its chest measures 50 inches (1.27 m) while its waist measures 37 inches (1 meter). He has brown eyes that perfectly match his black hair color.
Dan Severn holds a professional MMA record of 101 wins, 19 draws, and 7 defeats. He has been the champion of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and UFC championships, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) V 8-man tournament, world champion in extreme super heavyweight, champion in Toughman kickboxing, and champion super heavyweight of the Continental Freefighting Alliance. He has won a total of 13 championships and is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame and the Arizona State University Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was included in the PWI list of the 500 best individual fighters together with Shawn Michaels.
- Acting Career
The Beast has appeared in various films and television series since 1993, most recently in 2016, and made his first appearance on the big screen in the film Rudy, in which he played the character of a football player. In the Nash Bridges series, Dan Severn appeared in two episodes in 1998 and 1999, while in 2010 he played the role of the beast in an action movie called Kill Factor. Dan Severn’s last work on the big screen was the role of the character Rich Chandler in a sports/action/romantic movie called The Fight Within.