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Dan Severn denies having fake fights

The Dan Severn show continues to tour across North America, featuring a 53 year old Severn beating up inexperienced noobs and journeymen way past their best before date. Hey, the fact that the old man is still fighting at all is impressive enough, so I don’t give him flack for consistently fighting scrubs. I consider it an interesting way for a fighter to be put out to pasture.

But not so okay is competing in fixed fights, which Severn has also been accused of. Here’s Dan talking to Cagepotato about that:

DAN SEVERN: I’ve certainly been approached about being involved in an MMA “work.” I also have matches that people have called “works” for a variety of reasons, that weren’t at all. Sometimes I’ve toyed with my opponents instead of just going for the kill, which has maybe looked a little suspect. I’ve been involved with promotions in which I would carry an opponent into the second round before finishing them because it would make a better show. Now those were situations I decided on my own; my opponent had no idea that was happening. I’ve also had opponents hug me at the end of a match to thank me for not killing them. Sometimes when you outclass your opponent, there is a way to win that might not fit with what the viewer expects but it saves your opponent some embarrassment and makes for a better show.

So what do you think, jackals? Does that explanation pass the sniff test or is Severn full of shit?

(pic via the oh so entertaining ‘MMA Hipster’ thread at Sherdog)

  • SkippyKid

    Dan S is the biggest piece of dog dirt when it comes to fighting.

    But I guess he is a nice guy.

    Oh ya – the SkippyKid is here and I’m awesome.

  • caspersghost

    No problems with that. The idea of a fight is too see is the better fighter, just because he strings it out a little longer for the benifit of entertaining fans doesn’t make the fight invalid. Shit, Anderson Silva has been accused of it for years (and GSP now I think about it).

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Yeah, I can imagine him drawing things out to have more fun.  Makes sense given the level of fighters he often competes against.

  • fightlinker

    I shoulda included that video from the accusation post

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  • frickshun

    That was some serious fake fighting!!

  • iamphoenix

    that shit was straight honkey bullshit. Fuck Dan Severn.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    He’s STILL a terrible pro wrestler.

  • YoungDonDraper

    Severn’s explanation sounded like it made a bit of sense. Then I watched the video, and I’ll admit it sure looks like a work. At the same time when there is no fight audio because the only sound you hear is people telling you it’s an obvious work, that’s certainly going to sway your opinion. I wish I could have watched it without any context first, then ben asked if it was fake… but at the same time I think it’s likely I’d feel the same way.



  • CAP

    Respect your elders.

  • Reverend Clint

    fuck old people