Arizona native Dan Severn entered the cage for his first, “No Holds Barred” match more than a decade and a half ago at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 4, and went on to win two tournaments and a super fight championship.
He’s been in more than 100 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches and was inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame in 2005.
“In one night, Dan Severn took the sport of wrestling and turned it into a martial art,” Mike Chapman, the curator of the Wrestling Museum and Hall of Fame, said when Severn was inducted.
A four time all-American, Severn pioneered wrestling as a base for mixed martial arts and has been competing and training other fighters including UFC champions for more than a decade.
This month, Severn brings his years of wrestling and fighting experience to Manassas, teaching several camps and seminars with three-time Virginia State champion and Manassas Park wrestling alumni, Tim Tibbs. Tibbs has recently been named the new wrestling coach for the Stonewall Jackson High School Raiders.
All programs will be held at Stonewall Jackson High School at 8820 Rixlew Lane in Manassas. A portion of the funds will benefit the Stonewall Jackson wrestling team.
- July 11-12: Dan Severn's Intense Amateur Wrestling Commuter Camp for elementary students. Cost is $75.
- July 13-16: Dan Severn's Intense Amateur Wrestling Commuter Camp for middle and high school students camp. Cost is $175.
- July 11: Women's Self Defense Class 7 p.m-9 p.m.
- July 12: UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn MMA Seminar from 7-9 p.m.
- July 14: Security/Defense Tactics 7-9 p.m.
From more information and for applications, email Tim Tibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Severn's mixed martial arts promotion, The Danger Zone, came to the Manassas area in September. Wrestling alumni and fighters from all over Virginia, Michigan, Maryland and Pennsylvania competed in amateur MMA bouts at the . The Danger Zone plans to return to Manassas Park again this
year in October and December.
Live MMA returns to Northern Virginia with Operation Octagon 15 on July 30 at Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, Virginia. For more information, go to operationoctagon.com and be sure to come back to Patch for an event preview.