Freshly retired oldschool legend Dan Severn remembers the sketchy early days of no holds barred fighting:
“Companies were contacting me from all over the place. I had a pager. I’d get calls and have to be ready with 24 hours notice to get to the airport, to a destination I’d just find out about, transported to a location to be determined, against an opponent I just found out, with a purse I just found out. They were almost all an underground type of thing.
“Once, I had an opportunity to fight in Mexico. It was in a cockfighting pit. The idea of the show was to start with rooster fights, then do dog fights, and finish as the main event with human beings. This organization wanted no rules at all, and you could wear jeans and cowboy boots. I turned that one down. I thought, ‘I may win, but I may not get out alive.’”
The creepy thing is you know they didn’t cancel the human cockfighting just because Dan Severn didn’t come. Someone ended up fighting in that pit.