Dan Severn Named Captain of Team USA at Art of War 3

DALLAS, TEXAS— SUN Sports & Entertainment Inc. announced today the Company has chosen MMA Legend Dan “the beast” Severn as Captain of Team USA MMA for the upcoming ART OF WAR 3, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships in Dallas Texas on September 1st 2007.

Severn will be on the sidelines guiding an American squad of MMA All-Stars as they take on Team Brazil MMA.  Heavyweight star Jeff “Snowman” Monson heads up Team USA when he challenges Brazilian Jui Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo for Rizzo’s IFA World Heavyweight title, in the Main Event. 

The Monson vs Rizzo five-round title bout will headline an exciting ten-bout card that also features Team USA MMA stars Jeremy “Gumby” Horn, Jake “The Snake” Shields, Ron “H20” Waterman and Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez taking on some of Brazil’s best action fighters.

Severn, still active as a fighter, has captured the attention of fight and wrestling fans all over the world since his 1994 debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championships [UFC]. Dan is known as “The Beast”, a name given to him by Jim Brown during one of his many fights in the UFC.

The native of Coldwater, Michigan, has accepted all challengers in any no holds barred, or professional wrestling events. On May 17, 1996, Dan was crowned the UFC Superfight Champion in his home state of Michigan. He defeated “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”, Ken Shamrock to regain the title.  Dan is the only triple crown UFC champion in the sport today.

“We are honored to have a true MMA Legend and Competitor as Dan Severn to be Captain of Team USA MMA,” said SUN President, Buckeye Epstein. 

“Dan provides the experience, leadership and skill set to help guide this historic team. The world is now watching and Team USA will be there to deliver some hard hitting action when Team Brazil arrives in Dallas for the Art of War3.”

Severn began his career in the fight game as a Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestler. Dan quickly became a top high school and collegiate wrestler capturing many titles, honors, and several national and world titles. As a high school wrestler Severn was a two-time national champion and set eight national records in his career. Dan was inducted into Arizona State University’s wrestling hall of fame at the end of his prestigious collegiate career.

After completing his degree program and graduation, Dan continued on a quest to be the best amateur wrestler in the world. Numerous competitions from 1982 to 1994 took him to Japan, Hungary, Cuba, France, and Turkey. On each trip, Severn captured another title. Dan also secured 13 National AAU wrestling championships during those years. The Beast also tried his hand at coaching wrestling at ASU and Michigan State University as he continued to compete and excel after his collegiate career.
The Beast’s world class wrestling skill, commitment, and desire provided the foundation for his success. Severn knew he needed to continue to improve his arsenal, so he added black belts in the sports of Sambo, Judo, and Jui Jitsu to his athletic package.

Severn has over 95 state, national, and international wrestling titles under his belt, and in 1999, reached a milestone by competing in his 4000th match.  He has appeared on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Gordon Elliot Show, Nash Bridges, and many commercials.

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