Weekend Rundown: UFC Hall of Famer Severn, 52, Wins 95th

By Brian Knapp Nov 22, 2010
UFC hall of famer Dan Severn (Pictured) needed just 93 seconds to submit Tom Benesocky with a first-round arm-triangle choke at King of the Cage “48” on Sunday at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The 52-year-old heavyweight has won 17 of his last 19 fights, including seven in a row.

Severn dodged wild punches from Benesocky, pressed the clinch and landed in half guard following a takedown. From there, he worked to the body and set up the submission.

A black belt in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Severn now has 95 professional mixed martial arts victories to his credit, a staggering 57 of them by submission. The Coldwater, Mich., native was a four-time collegiate All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and received induction into the UFC hall of fame on April 16, 2005. Severn last appeared inside the Octagon at UFC 27 a decade ago, submitting to punches from Pedro Rizzo.

Meanwhile, UFC veteran Joe Riggs stopped Trent Thorne on first-round elbows in the KOTC “48” headliner. The end came 3:56 into round one, as Riggs, part of the Strikeforce welterweight stable, won for the sixth time in seven fights.

Finally, former two-division KOTC champion Tony Lopez put away Raphael Bergmann with elbows 2:33 into the second round. A Team Oyama product, Lopez has won back-to-back bouts.

‘The Arm Collector’ Armbars Ruiz

EliteXC veteran Givanildo Santana submitted Anthony Ruiz with a second-round armbar in the MEZ Sports “Pandemonium 3” main event on Friday at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, Calif. Ruiz surrendered to the hold 4:37 into round two.

Santana, nicknamed “The Arm Collector,” has won 15 fights since debuting as a professional in 2005, a dozen of them by armbar. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has pieced together a four-fight winning streak since his split decision loss to Jaime Jara two years ago. It remains the only blemish on his resume.

Meanwhile, WEC veteran Ian McCall knocked out journeyman Jeff Willingham 2:17 into their bantamweight tilt. McCall was released by the WEC following his 2009 decision defeat to current 135-pound king Dominick Cruz.

Finally, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Lorenz Larkin knocked out Hector Carrilo 2:57 into round one, as he remained perfect in six professional appearances. The 24-year-old flattened Scott Carson -- the man who will take on 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker inside Strikeforce next month -- under the MEZ Sports banner in June.

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Quick Hits: Strikeforce veteran Shayna Baszler submitted Elaina Maxwell with a first-round kneebar at The Cage Inc. “Battle at the Border 7” on Friday at the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, N.D. The end came 4:03 into round one. Baszler has won four fights in a row … American Top Team’s Mario Rinaldi submitted Jon Brown with a first-round armbar in the G-Force Fights “Bad Blood 4” headliner on Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Rinaldi secured the tapout 4:15 into round one. Two of Rinaldi’s ATT stablemates, Marcos da Matta and Jessica Aguilar, were also victorious at the event … Finnish prospect Marcus Vanttinen defeated “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Victor O’Donnell by unanimous decision in a featured matchup at Cage 14 “All Stars” on Saturday at the Barona Arena in Espoo, Finland. Vanttinen, 23, has rattled off eight consecutive victories.
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