Dan Severn on being a substiture teacher & fighting Mark Coleman

by Jason Nawara | source: middleeasy.com

Jason Nawara: So have you been waiting for this? A retirement match around 100 wins?

Dan Severn: Well not necessarily that, what I'm looking at is that there is some unfinished business or I guess a better way of saying it is some people have regrets in their life and they can't go back and make any changes to that. There are only a few matches left I want to do and I've spoken to two out of the three. I want one more match with Coleman, Mark Coleman. One more match with Ken Shamrock and one more match with Royce. I've already spoken to Ken and Mark and they have agreed to a match but I have just had no way of getting in touch with Royce. So it was brought to my attention that he has recently indicated that he would like to be on the card on Brazil and so far it has been my understanding that there has been no opponent selected for him, so I basically am reaching out about potentially being his opponent. It's marketable, you got 2 guys who are in the UFC hall of fame, you got two guys who are probably AARP card carrying members, but I think that it should be part of Rio. You have 2 guys who are much more grappling orientated. I would stack the rest of the card with the exchange of kicks and punches. You wont really seeing that stuff from us unless Royce added it to his repertoire since we last shared a cage together.

JN: Would you accept Coleman or Shamrock in Brazil if not Royce?

DS: Those are the three that I would like to do a match with em. I think it's going to be the same aspect of weight discrepancies, I talked to Mark Coleman and he said 'you have to get your big butt down to 205' I said well that probably wont happen but a compromise of at least halfway down would certainly help. Around 230-235 I can do that, I can drop that weight. But to go from a 250-255 guy to 205 weight class...That's not happening.

JN: You work as a substitute teacher for all subjects, correct?

DS: Yeah, as a sub you usually go into just about anything. There are certain times I've been brought in and it may not be a strength of mine, but as a sub there is not a lot of teaching that takes place it's more or less you walk in there and say read this chapter and answer these questions and that's what goes on for the next 55 minutes. Probably one of the most interesting periods I had was for about a month and a half, a teacher went out on maternity leave, so for about 6-7 weeks I was a second grade teacher. So I had all subjects! That was probably one of my most interesting times! (laughs)

JN: What is your favorite subject to teach?

DS: My teaching certificate is actually in the industrial arts. I was into drafting, woodworking, metal working in high school I had all the shop classes and in college I started in the construction engineering program at Arizona State and I switched to technology and left with a teaching certificate. I only needed a 120 credit hours but I ended up with 146. I took classes for business and other self interests. I'm kind of like a Curious George I guess. I like to figure out how things work, the Discovery Channel, I enjoy those programs.

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tags: UFC   Dan Severn   Mark Coleman (detail)  Ken Shamrock (detail)  


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FreakDaddy site profile image  

4/20/11 6:32 PM by FreakDaddy

Well they are good friends and Don is not exactly on good terms with the UFC. But, I am sure Dan would fight him if it was offered and the money was good.

WRESTLENOW site profile image  

4/20/11 6:26 PM by WRESTLENOW

dan severn is a really cool guy,if he had been born 10 to 15 years later he would have been an insane champion.

Master Tang site profile image  

4/20/11 5:33 PM by Master Tang

notice how Severn wants nothing to do with Don Frye...

GR33K 13 site profile image  

4/20/11 3:04 PM by GR33K 13

this guy is irrelevant. he lost to dax shepard!

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4/20/11 2:57 PM by 1oldfart


Shogun of Harlem site profile image  

4/20/11 2:02 PM by Shogun of Harlem

I read Inside the Lion's Den too. I was pretty excited at the time, but afterwards, it made Ken look like a whiny bitch. The whole Severn fight and he "win" over Royce. What crap.

lord humungous site profile image  

4/20/11 1:49 PM by lord humungous

Throw Tito in there and have a tag-team match

Attila site profile image  

4/20/11 1:14 PM by Attila

Did you see Ken's last fight against the Rhino Borque guy? Ken knocked him down almost immediately, but injured his knee defending a sloppy takedown attempt. Ken's body is fucked, and I don't see him defending Severn's takedowns, nor defending well on the ground.

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4/20/11 1:05 PM by Ponyboy

If Severn went into the octogon and immediately pulled off a huge suplex, he would be a legend to the noobs.

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4/20/11 12:56 PM by thforklift

I bought the Inside the Lion's Den book right after it came out in '98. Before I read it, I thought that they were just being "tactical." After I read it, I thought the whole incident was bullshit. They may not supposed to have been able to punch, but they all did. BJM would just yell "open it up", to open their hands up. They all knew it was fine to punch, so long as BJM yelled here and there. Schultz, Frye....whomever. Didn't Hall fight Koji Kitao and break his nose with a right hand? Come on. I totally think Shamrock/Severn was bad because it was bad. If Shamrock didn't want to punch, that's on him.