Dan Severn (101-19-7) is a man of his word. In 2012, Severn said that he would retire at the end of that calendar year and has done so. The UFC Hall of Famer announced on his website that he was done with active competition at 54-years-old.
“The No. 1 goal that I set for myself in 2012 was to be finished with my mixed martial arts competition career,” wrote Severn on his site.
Also on the website, Severn stated that he wanted to end his career against fellow UFC Hall of Famers Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. That never happened and his last fight was a decision win over Alex Rozman at Blue Blood MMA in April.
Severn debuted for the UFC in the early days of the promotion, with his first appearance being at UFC 4. He would go on to win the UFC 5 tournament, the Ultimate 95 tournament, and has held the now defunct superfight championship.
As far as retirement goes, Severn plans to continue to teach and make appearances.