The Beast (nickname) as he was popularly known in his heydays or Dan Severn (his stage name) is one wrestler who 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 to ever compete simultaneously at the Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he put down with ease, many of his opponents.
Here is an account of who he is and five interesting things you should know about this voracious fighter who has refused to retire despite having come of age.
Who is Dan Severn?
Not many wrestlers were born on June 8, 1958, but for one born in Coldwater, in mid-Michigan, who grew up on a farm, Severn turned out to represent his birthday mates well in the fighting sports.
Growing up like most other kids then and even now, Dan Severn took to playing basketball and was very good at it, coming down to his teens, the lad switched to combat sports, particularly amateur wrestling and Jujutsu (a Japanese martial art which involves close combat of defeating an armed and armored opponent with or without a short weapon). During his time in school at Hill McCloy HS in Montrose, Michigan, one of his coaches approached him to file in for amateur wrestling after they had a dearth of competitors from their school. This marked his first contact with the sports as he grabbed the opportunity and began training in amateur wrestling.
In his high school wrestling days, Dan showed early signs of how good a fighter he was. He emerged a three-time All American at Arizona State University in Wrestling. After school, Dan Severn began his wrestling career as a Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestler. He fought in various wrestling promotions between 1982 and 1994 in countries like France, Japan, Turkey, Cuba, and Hungary, capturing various titles as he fought his way to stardom.
The Michigan fighter began his professional fighting career as a wrestler in 1992 for UWF-I (Universal Wrestling Federation International). As at 2017, he fought in the Gladiator Championship Wrestling and Price of Glory Wrestling.
In the MMA, he made his debut in UFC 4 in the year 1994 and beat down his opponents on his way to the top of the sports before he retired in 2013. Dan made a comeback with hopes of fighting a URFight promotion but his opponents; Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott, at various times, failed to present themselves as fit for the bout. He still hopes for a future URFight event. Dan Severn is yet to officially retire 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 Gemini.
- Family and the Wrestling Tradition
The names of his parents are not known at this time, however, we have it 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 the Severn’s has also taken to the wrestling sports with Dan’s son David Severn becoming a two-time state champion at Bronson High School, while Dave’s son Jake won a state title in Arizona in addition to Rod’s son Austin being a two-time state champion for New Lothrop.
- Body Measurements
The Beast stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m), weighing 250 lb (113 kg). His chest measures 50 inches or 1.27 m while his waist measures 37 inches 1 meter. He has brown eyes which are perfect for his black hair colour.
Dan Severn holds a professional MMA Record of 101 wins 19 draws and 7 losses. He was a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and UFC championships, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) V 8-Man Tournament, a World Extreme Super Heavyweight Champion, Toughman Kickboxing Champion, and a Continental Freefighting Alliance Super Heavyweight Champion. In all, he has 13 championships and is a UFC Hall of Fame and also an Arizona State University Wrestling Hall of Fame member. In 1995, he was named on the PWI’s list of top 500 singles wrestlers with Shawn Michaels.
- Acting Career
The Beast has starred in various movies and television series beginning in 1993 with his last screen work being in 2016. His first screen appearance was in the movie Rudy where he played the character of a football player. In the Nash Bridges series, Dan Severn appeared in two episodes of it 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 screen was as the character Rich Chandler in a sport/action/romance movie called The Fight Within.