Dan Severn's Blogs
Weekend Rundown: Aldo’s Nova Uniao Campmates Win Big in Brazil
By: Chris Nelson
This past weekend, as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his belt before 55,000 people in Toronto, a number of the 145-pound kingpin’s Nova UniÃ£o brethren were earning important wins of their own back in Brazil.
Saturday night in Recife, Pernambuco, once-beaten 23-year-old Ronny Marki Sales da Silva (a.k.a. Ronny Markes) abused former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho in the 198-pound main event of International Fighter Championship’s debut offering. Da Silva, the current Shooto South America 200-pound titleholder, repeatedly took down “Paulao” and punished the erratic star on the ground en route to a unanimous decision victory. The loss was only Filho’s third in 26 fights and the win Da Silva’s third to date in 2011.
Hermes Franca’s three-fight comeback streak ended in the co-main event, as the ex-WEC lightweight champ was knocked out 56 seconds into round two by the unheralded Thawa Ril. Franca is scheduled to face Drew Fickett for the Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on June 10. Read more
Weekend Rundown: Lozano Returns to Violent Ways in Ohio
By: Chris Nelson
Six weeks after suffering the first loss of his professional career, “Cleveland Assassin” Chris Lozano got back in the win column Saturday night, flattening another foe with one of his trademark knockouts at North American Allied Fight Series’ “Caged Vengeance 9.”
Lozano, who was wiped from Bellator Fighting Championships’ fourth-season welterweight tournament quarterfinals by Lyman Good in a March 5 unanimous decision, squared off against Gerric Hayes at the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. After being back-mounted by Hayes for the bulk of the opening period, Lozano busted loose and uncorked a massive right hand-left head kick combination that turned out the Tennessean’s lights. The KO officially came with just one second remaining in the first round, improving Lozano’s record to 7-1 with all seven wins via stoppage.
In the card’s main event, Lozano stablemate and NAAFS welterweight champion Nick Duell lived up to his “Savage” moniker with a brutal head-kick knockout of Chicago-based challenger Kevin Knabjian. Competing exclusively under the NAAFS banner, Duell has amassed an 8-1 record since turning pro in December 2008.
The show also saw the opening round of NAAFS’ four-man heavyweight title tournament, with Stipe Miocic and Bobby Brents each advancing to the final. Unbeaten prospect Miocic recorded his fifth knockout win, as the 28-year-old firefighter took out William Penn -- a late replacement for Chase Gormley, who was himself replacing Mike Wessel -- with punches in the first stanza. Brents, meanwhile, took a three-round unanimous decision over fellow Illinois resident Antoine Hayes. Read more
Severn-Worsham Rematch Headlines Feb. 20 Gladiator Challenge
By: Mike Whitman
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 Relondo 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. Read more
Monday Quick Hits
By: Jake Rossen
• “They are going to build an arena for [the UFC.]” -- Dana White, speaking with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani about the financial partnership with Abu Dhabi players. Six months ago, White mocked Fedor Emelianenko’s management for wanting the UFC to build an arena in Russia. Apparently, how outrageous the request is depends on who’s doing the building.Read more
• In an interview with the Star-Exponent, Dan Severn teased -- some might say threatened -- a rematch with Ken Shamrock: their 1996 UFC 9 bout was widely blamed for the subsequent drop-off in business for the promotion. Severn will turn 56 this year. I imagine this won’t be happening in Nevada.
• Adding to the swell idea that morality shouldn’t be regulated, Senator Joseph Griffo released a statement Sunday urging New York to fast-track mixed martial arts legislation. The state has not seen a legal event since a 1995 Buffalo, N.Y., card: most recently, Assemblyman Bob Reilly has appealed that the event would foster the wrong element. While all this is being sorted, feel free to escort your children through the drunken-lummox cloud of Giants Stadium. Getting vomited on builds character.
Mixing Martial Arts: Colorado Wrestling Promoter Endorsing MMA
By: Jake Rossen
Amateur wrestling, which had its first major North American presence in MMA with Dan Severn’s 1994 UFC debut, has long been a very rough way to make a living: there just isn’t much of one unless you get an Olympic medal and some endorsements. (This on a good day: if you can name 2008’s gold medalist, you’ve seen Bob Costas more than I care to.)Read more
Recognizing the financial pitfalls of that career, Colorado wrestling organizer Ed Gutierrez is making more overt attempts to indoctrinate his wrestlers into a pro fighting career. This past weekend, he tied in an MMA event with a wrestling meet, creating a fairly seamless connection between “amateur” grapping and pro fighting.
"This weekend is a pilot for us," he said. "But if we have the interest, we`d like to link the two together."
Some (Daniel Cormier) don’t have a problem graduating to the mayhem, while others (Cael Sanderson) don’t have it in them. There probably isn’t any total normalcy in a life of punching people in the head, but tethering it to wrestling could make it appear a little less lurid.