Dan Severn: Looking Back At Bart Valeand Looking Forward To Conan
Looking Back At Bart Vale
And Looking Forward To Conan
By Chris Onzuka
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?
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?
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?
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
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.
Under 65 KG (143.9 lbs. & under): JULY 22, 2000 – Evansville, IN.
TOURNAMENT WINNERS GET:
QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
"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
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