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Dan Severn On How Close He Was To Making His Final Fight Happen

After Dan Severn (101-19-7) reached win number 100 in early 2012, there wasn’t much left on his list to accomplish. Prior to his retirement at the start of this year, Severn said he had hoped for one big name fight to cap off his career. He pegged Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman or Royce Gracie as potential names. A fight between any of those men never happened.

“It seemed like there was interest, but time kept going on, and certain terms couldn’t come to fruition,” said Severn to MMA Junkie. “I told them if it was going to happen, it needed to happen in 2012, [that when] January 2013 hits, I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life. And it did not materialize.”

Of the names listed, Severn has fought them all out of the UFC. He was defeated by Coleman and Gracie and went 1-1 with Shamrock. Gracie is retired while Shamrock and Coleman haven’t competed since 2010.

As the new calendar year rang in, Severn stood by his statement and retired after nearly 20 years in MMA. He plans to still make appearances at events and train others.