MMA Pioneer Dan Severn Officially Retires

Well, it’s over. Another epic career done, another legend retires and another chapter in MMA finally comes to a close.

Finishing his career with the second most wins and fights in MMA history next to Travis Fulton (Look that guy up!), Dan Severn exits the sport with a crazy record of 101-19-7. The former two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University will be forever remembered for his epic battle with Royce Gracie at UFC 4, his rebound win at UFC 5, his huge suplexes, his gorilla like physique and his trademark mustache.

Recently making the announcement via his official website, “The Beast” had the following to say:

“Father time is telling me it’s time to let go. I have learned over time that the only constant factor is change. It will happen, and there is nothing we can do to stop it, so smile, hold on, and embrace it for all that it has to offer and hopefully you too will have the ride of your life! Happy New Year!”

Severn added that he had been trying to setup rematches with former fight legends Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Mark Coleman, but had no luck in doing so.

He also stated that he will continue his professional wrestling career through 2013 and then finally put his body to rest, but will continue on with his appearances, seminars and participation in Law Enforcement.


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    Brian Cox

    January 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Officially? As in for real, this is not joke. I can't believe it. He's only 54.

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    January 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Yeah can't believed that being that young in his prime he just got quit.
    Man this guy is insane. 54 years with that big record.

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    January 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for introducing Lay & Pray to the MMA world, Dan Severn, you'll be missed dearly.

    P.S. you should get numerous thank you cards from every Lay & Pray artists out there.

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    January 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I am completely shocked…I thought he was dead.

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    January 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    When I saw the picture I immediately thought he had died.

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    January 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Dan Severn makes randy Couture look like a pussy for retiring too early.

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    Cpt. Paranoid

    January 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

    And you fan boys here call GSP and The Spider GOATs. They're not, far from it. The fighters today, don't have the same heart, or balls, as These Old School Fighters. Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko, Dan Henderson represent The Last of The Beasts to compete on the big stage. But if you are lucky you may catch one of these Creatures of Violence on some smaller stage. Remember to pay your respect if you're that lucky. It's not often you get to see real fighters now a days. Thank You Dan Severn, you are an inspiration.

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    January 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    He may have retired, but his mustache is still going strong.

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