After more than 125 appearances inside the ring, 54-year old MMA legend Dan Severn has finally decided to hang up his gloves. Severn hasn’t fought since April but had hoped to get one more memorable match-up in before walking away from the sport.
“I was attempting to do my own self-directed retirement tour in the last couple of years, reaching out to only three people…It seems as though these matches will not take place for whatever reasons and my life now goes on to the next chapter,” wrote Severn on his website. “It has been difficult to juggle so many different parts of my career, but that is when opportunity presented itself… such as my MMA career beginning at the age of 37, and now ending at age 54. Father Time is telling me it is 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!”
Severn had attempted to score a fight with fellow UFC Hall of Famers Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman, and Royce Gracie to serve as his swan song but was obviously unsuccessful in doing so. Any of the bouts would have served as a rematch with each man representing one of the first three losses of Severn’s career.
An old school UFC tournament champion, “The Beast” exits MMA with an overall record of 101-19-7 including a 12-3 mark since 2009. 77 of his wins involved some form of stoppage.
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