By the numbers: Dan Severn


Dan Severn couldn’t have gotten more out of his Hall of Fame career.

“The Beast” left the sport in 2013 at the age of 54, having compiled a record of 101-19-7 over nearly two decades of active competition. A two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, Severn burst onto the mixed martial arts scene with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1994 and won the UFC 5 and Ultimate Ultimate 1995 tournaments before eventually claiming the title. of superfight UFC. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on April 16, 2005.

As Severn’s exploits fade more and more into memory, a glimpse of some of the numbers that have accompanied him throughout his tenure:

63: Years for Severn, born June 8, 1958 in Coldwater, Michigan.

54: Severn wins by submission, accounting for 53% of his career total (101). His methods of choice included 13 locks, 10 rear chokes, six triangle arm chokes, four armbands, three cranks, and two kimura. Severn has 23 more victories by knockout or technical knockout and 24 more by decision.

7: Inspired by Severn’s resume. He fought dead ends with Jerry Vrbanovic, Homer Moore, Pat Stano, Travis Fulton, Pat Miletich, Kimo Leopoldo and Jeremy Horn.

19: Consecutive calendar years in which Severn made at least one appearance. He went 2-1 in 1994, 6-1 in 1995, 6-0 in 1996, 6-1-2 in 1997, 8-0-1 in 1998, 7-0 in 1999, 8-2 in 2000, 5 – 1-1 in 2001, 6-0 in 2002, 5-1-2 in 2003, 7-4-1 in 2004, 5-3 in 2005, 6-0 in 2006, 9-1 in 2007, 3-1 in 2008, 3-1 in 2009, 5-0 in 2010, 3-2 in 2011 and 1-0 in 2012.

44: It took Severn seconds to submit Robert Stines with a crank under the Dangerzone banner on May 20, 2000. As one of five stopping wins under a minute on his ledger, this is the fastest finish of his career with 127 fights.

24: Back-to-back unbeaten outings for Severn between May 10, 1997 and November 22, 1999, a series in which he compiled a 21-0-3 record.

222: Total number of strikes Severn edged David “Tank” Abbott in the semi-finals of the 1995 Ultimate Ultimate tournament on December 16, 1995. He connected 233 times while absorbing only 11 return shots.

12: Countries in which Severn competed as a mixed martial artist. He fought in the United States, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, England, Canada, Australia, South Korea, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

260: Combined wins between the 18 men who beat Severn: Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman, Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo, Jonathan Wiezorek, Ulysses Castro (twice), Seth Petruzelli, Tony Bonello, James Thompson, Bob Stines, Victor Valimaki , Joop Kasteel, Dave Legeno, Pavel Botka, William Richey, Ryan Fortin and Lee Beane. They sport a cumulative record of 260-128-8.

6 592: Days spent by Severn as a professional mixed martial artist. He debuted with a bare back choke submission in Anthony Macias’ first round at UFC 4 on December 16, 1994 and announced his retirement on January 1, 2013.


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