UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn Retires from MMA at 54-Years of Age

January 2, 2013
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UFC Hall of Famer and veteran of more than 120 pro fights, Dan Severn has decided to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts.

The veteran announced his retirement via his website.

First appearing in the UFC all the way back at UFC 4 in 1994, Severn was the tournament champion at UFC 5 as well as the Ultimate Ultimate Tournament in 1995.

Severn made his final appearance in the Octagon in 2000 losing by TKO to Pedro Rizzo at UFC 27.

While his UFC career came to an end, Severn continued as an active fighter in many different organizations where he faced a huge list of opponents including Forrest Griffin, who he fought in his first professional MMA bout.

At 54-years of age, Severn says he was hoping to do a “retirement tour” of sorts in 2012 setting up super fights against Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, but none of the match-ups ever came together and now he’s opted for retirement following a long career in MMA.

“I was attempting to do my own self-directed retirement tour in the last couple of years reaching out only to three people – Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. 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.

Severn was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 52 in 2005 as the third inductee following Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock respectively.

  • b-soc

    Now who’s Fedor going to fight if he returns to fighting?

  • Mike mckinney

    He had a hell of a career. Props to one of the all around toughest guys on the planet.

  • BigC

    Dan is still a beast. Congrats to your storied career and best of luck with your future.

  • Timothy Malone

    Its sad to see one of the legends retire but obviously everyone has to at some point. Too bad he couldn’t organize any of those farewell fights.

  • b-soc

    My comment was a dig at Fedor, not Dan. Dan Severn is the man and the legend. To fight successfully against anyone at 53 is an amazing accomplishment. Cheers to the beast!!!! He’s earned his retirement.

  • Yannick Messaoud

    He was one of the first, what a legend he add a great career. Still in great shape at 54 so an inspiration for me.

  • Mike mckinney

    Mma weekly should consider making a new “Top Ten” division.
    Severn is without a doubt in the top 5 “Wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley” category.