Long before "The Beast Incarnate" Brock Lesnar captured championships in professional wrestling and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.... there was another "Beast" - Dan Severn.
A UFC Hall of Famer who captured the promotion's Superfight Championship and won the Ultimate Ultimate tournament in 1995, Severn fought the likes of Ken Shamrock, Oleg Taktarov and Royce Gracie before announcing his retirement in 2013. More recently, he was scheduled to compete at this month's URFight event, first against Shamrock, and then against Tank Abbott, before both opponents were removed from the show.
In addition, Severn is a world-class wrestler, having competed at the highest level as an amateur and holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for over four years in the mid-1990's. He also appeared in the World Wrestling Federation during the Attitude Era, tangling with the likes of Owen Hart, The Rock, Savio Vega, D-Lo Brown and even his old MMA rival Shamrock.
Years later, Severn still keeps extremely busy. He teaches seminars on wrestling and mixed martial arts, as well as hand-to-hand combat training for law enforcement officers. Plus he's taught submission grappling at Arizona State University.
Remarkably professional and accomodating of his time, Severn recently spoke to Canadian Bulldog's World about his career, the challenges with wrestlers transitioning to MMA, and much more. A very special thanks to CBW's own Adam Zimmerman for helping to arrange for this opportunity.