Dan Severn (101-19-7) goes down in MMA history as one of the originals. He debuted back in 1994 where he made it to the finals of the UFC 4 tournament. Royce Gracie defeated him, but he continued to compete for the promotion for several years. He recently retired on January 1, at 54-years-old, after competing across the globe for countless MMA promotions in over 127 fights.
“The key is, I haven’t been seriously injured, and I haven’t been seriously damaged,” said Severn to MMA Fighting. “I’ve got good health and been smart in my matches, and it let me go out on my own terms.”
In the coming years, Severn plans to sit-down and go through all his fights as he knows that number is much higher. When he was competing in the early days, he said that there was no such thing as keeping official records.
In his last fight, Severn took a decision win over Alex Rozman at Blue Blood MMA in April. He had hoped to fight Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock or Royce Gracie in his retirement bout, but that never materialized.
In the meantime, Severn will continue to train others and makes appearances at shows.