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Monday, May 01, 2000

Dan Severn: Looking Back At Bart Valeand Looking Forward To Conan


Dan Severn:

Looking Back At Bart Vale
And Looking Forward To Conan

By Chris Onzuka
www.fcfighter.com

Photo by Joel Gold




Dan "The Beast" Severn should change his nickname to "The Busiest Man In The NHB Business." Severn is a true competitor. He balances competing in NHB and professional wrestling along with promoting his own NHB events, always on the move, always competing. From all accounts, Dan Severn destroyed Bart Vale to win the Continental Free Fighting Alliance Heavyweight belt at the Continental Free Fighting Alliance Collision. The Beast has quieted the critics after his surprise loss to Josh Barnett at FutureBrawl. This fight against Vale was fairly low-key and not many people had heard of the match up until after the decisive results. Now Severn has been paired up against another fighter who recently came back and revenged a loss, Marcus "Conan" Silveira. This looks to be a classic match up of wrestling versus BJJ. This has the makings of a great match, but then again, what else would you expect from Jamie Levine’s World Extreme Fighting?


FCF: You just came off a loss to Josh Barnett at FutureBrawl and came right back and beat Bart Vale on March 25th. Tell us about the fight.
Dan Severn: I think it went a little into the second round, the rounds being 8 minutes a round. It was typical of one of my matches where I try to take the man off his feet and take them to where my strengths are. I tried some submission moves, which he tried to block and he was open for strikes.

FCF: Bart Vale has been in this game for a while. It seems like this was a battle of the NHB legends. How did this match come about?
DS: Basically the promoter of this event contacted me and I was available and…[laughs] it kind of sounds anti-climatic there maybe, but I have been busy with all the different things that I do. I was contacted, I was available and so I did the match.

FCF: Vale is mainly known for his striking skills and you are known for taking opponents to the ground. Obviously, everyone knew both of your strategies coming into the fight, did you have any trouble implementing your strategy?
DS: Well, I don’t care necessarily for rings, let’s put it that way. I prefer going into a caged environment. I think it’s more conducive to this type of competition in the first place. He boxed me off pretty quickly in there. I could have stayed there and let him load up and start kicking away or move and attack. Whether it be upper body, mid-level, or lower body attacks, take him off his feet, end up in his guard and try various forearm chokes, neck cranks, key locks, things of that nature. And as he defended one thing, you’re definitely open for something else. I just kind of took advantage of some openings.

FCF: It was recently announced that at the next World Extreme Fighting 9: World Class [May 13th], you will fight Marcus "Conan" Silveira, who just came off a big win over Maurice Smith. Did Jamie Levine set this match up or did you want to fight Conan?

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From the event’s promoter:


FOR 5 MEN, THE ROAD TO ABU DHABI 2001 WILL BEGIN AT HOOKnSHOOT


Starting in the summer and running to the end of the year, Indiana’s HOOKnSHOOT organization will host tournaments in five different weight classes under Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling rules.

"This is our second year doing these tournaments. Last year, we qualified 4 men to the 2000 World Championships and they all did great. We got a 5th guy in as an alternate (Joey Gilbert) and he finished third in his division" speaks HnS promoter Jeff Osborne. "This year, we are adding an under 65.9 KG tourney, it goes with our expanding weight classes in HOOKnSHOOT and elsewhere in fighting – bring on the little
guys!"

Abu Dhabi organizer Guy Nievens adds "When competitors ask me, what is the best way to get to the Abu Dhabi tournament, I tell them ‘go and win a qualifier’".

And what is the best way to get into a qualifier? "Reputation helps, but the best way is to send a tape of yourself competing to HOOKnSHOOT. We will take the tapes, forward them to the club in Abu Dhabi and let the decision making process begin! We take the eight best guys possible!" continues Osborne.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

Under 65 KG (143.9 lbs. & under): JULY 22, 2000 – Evansville, IN.
66 – 77KG: (144 – 167 lbs.): AUGUST 2000
88 – 98KG: (193 – 217 lbs.): SEPTEMBER 2000
77 – 87 KG: (168 – 192 lbs.): NOVEMBER 2000
99 KG &amp up: (218 lbs. & up): DECEMBER 2000

TOURNAMENT WINNERS GET:

QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
AN INVITATION TO THE 2001 SUBMISSION WRESTLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Abu Dhabi, UAE
A SPONSORSHIP IN ABU DHABI AT THE 2001 EVENT

"So this is the call – July 22nd will mark the first day that a competitor will be in for Abu Dhabi 2001." Announces Osborne. "We have a few more surprises to announce, both Abu Dhabi related and with the rest of the HOOKnSHOOT show. The last show, DOUBLE FURY is going to be a great tape, because the two nights made for great fights, but
HOOKnSHOOT will be back at 1 night on June 10th, 2000 and we will annouice our lineup soon. Double Fury we announced the lineup way in advance, and we could not hold it. We won’t do that again" quips Osborne.

TO PARTICIPATE:
E-MAIL migueli@pa.net

SEND TAPE TO:

HnS
PO BOX 124
Maugansville MD 21767-0124
 

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 12:00 am
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