The man just turned 60 years old. Was competing at a very good pro level till age 55. Not sure why Ken seems to get all the acclaim (I am a fan also) just because he preceded Dan by 3 UFCs. As the years have passed Severn has proven to be the man. He did not degrade his name or his character which sadly Ken was allowed to on TUF and then with loss after loss. Severn > Shamrock He has the world record highest number of pro mma wins of all time, 101. (edit Travis Fulton has more fights but on smaller local level. These are the only 2 with more than 100 wins) Also for those who got into mma transitioning from pro wrestling in the early days, he was the basis of Goldbergs character, Goldberg told him "I was you out there" as well as the 'Beast' Brock Lesnar. Also he carried the NWA strap that Lou Thesz wore, as it was only supposed to be worn by 'a shooter'. Severn brought Olympic level wrestling into UFC first and was the archetype for the modern wrestler crossover that dominates the sport long before Coleman or Couture. Also unlike many today he was clean his whole career, even though he started his mma career in his mid 30's. Broke Don Frye into the sport also. As Don Frye said of him: "Dan Severn is the ultimate person, the ultimate human being". Post Dan Severn related appreciation here.