Dan Severn and Cal Worsham in 2005 | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Two Ultimate Fighting Championship pioneers will lock horns for a second time on Feb. 20, as Dan Severn takes on Cal Worsham in the main event of Gladiator Challenge “Legends Collide 2” at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif.
In addition to the headlining attraction, the show will feature another UFC vet in James Irvin, who takes on once-beaten Melvin Costa. The event will also showcase two Gladiator Challenge title bouts, as Damian Dantibo and Keith Berry will meet for the middleweight championship, while Greg Guzman and Rolondo Perez fight for the flyweight belt.
Although both Severn and Worsham were staples of early UFC events, the pair did not actually meet until Gladiator Challenge’s first “Legends Collide” event in January 2005. Severn won that bout via technical knockout when the ringside doctor called a halt to the action in the third round.
A UFC Hall of Famer, Severn debuted impressively at UFC 4, hitting a pair of highlight-reel suplexes on Anthony Macias en route to an appearance against Royce Gracie in the tournament final. Though “The Beast” would lose to Gracie via triangle choke, the 52-year-old would go on to build one of the greatest resumes in the history of the promotion, winning the UFC 5 and “Ultimate Ultimate 1995” tournament titles. A veteran of 120 pro fights, Severn owns 60 career submission wins.
Worsham last fought in August 2007, earning a TKO in his tenth Gladiator Challenge appearance. The tae kwon do practitioner began his career in 1995, losing by knockout to Paul Varelans at UFC 6. Worsham rebounded with a victory over Zane Frazier at UFC 9 the following year, but would again taste defeat inside the Octagon, losing in his final UFC effort to David “Tank” Abbott at “Ultimate Ultimate 1996.”