Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn
World Champion Wrestler, UFC Hall of Fame
April 19, 2023
A product of Montrose, Dan Severn was an absolute legend in the Flint area. Known as the “Baddest of The Bad Asses’ he stood as a man among boys in one of the toughest sports in the world.
His amateur wrestling career started in high school and according to many was an "absolute machine" at 191.5 pounds. Dan won both sports' national championships in 1976 and was named the "Outstanding High School Wrestler in the entire United States". Before his 18th birthday, he was already ranked top six in the nation in the open division and placed in the Olympic trials. He was also a two-time NCAA Division 1 All American, and Olympic alternate on the United States wrestling team in both 1984, and 1988. He won a gold medal at the 1985 National Sports Festival, and a berth on the U.S. World team. He also held the US national record for victories by pin for an incredible 16 years, from 1976 to 1992. Severn was inducted into Arizona State University's wrestling hall of fame at the end of his collegiate career.
His professional career took him to the Mixed Martial Arts where he found equal success. Severn is also a legend to to all fans of the fighting sports all around the world. He is a UFC Hall of Famer, the sports only Triple Crown Champion, and a 2 time NWA Champion. He also pursued a career in the World Wrestling Federation, and ultimately he became an actor appearing in numerous feature films, and television programs.
There is just way too much to list about this man's list of accomplishments, so you’ll have to listen to the episode where Dan and Fish throw down in the Aquarium (figuratively-- not literally--luckily for Fish!!)