After 18 years and more than 120 fights, “The Beast” is hanging up his gloves.

Dan Severn announced Monday that he has retired from active competition in mixed martial arts, the sport he helped pioneer in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a post on his official website titled “Another Chapter Comes to a Close,” the 54-year-old Michigan native stated that his goal for 2012 was to conclude the fighting portion of his career.

“I was attempting to do my own self-directed retirement tour in the last couple of years, reaching out to only three people,” wrote Severn, who said he had pursued rematches with fellow UFC Hall of Famers Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Mark Coleman. “It seems as though these matches will not take place for whatever reasons and my life now goes on to the next chapter.”

Despite his most desired fights not coming to fruition, Severn stayed busy in the past two years, competing in 11 bouts throughout North America while also taking part in pro-wrestling matches and instructional seminars.

“It has been difficult to juggle so many different parts of my career, but that is when opportunity presented itself... such as my MMA career beginning at the age of 37, and now ending at age 54. Father Time is telling me, it is time to let go,” Severn said. “I have learned over time that the only constant factor is change. It will happen, and there is nothing we can do to stop it, so smile, hold on, and embrace it for all that it has to offer, and hopefully you too will have the ride of your life!”

Severn will continue to perform in pro-wrestling through the end of 2013, and also plans to remain active in MMA as a teacher, commentator and ambassador. He also wrote that he intends to increase hours at his Michigan Sports Camps training facility in Coldwater, Mich., along with penning a biography and doing more public speaking engagements.

A former NCAA All-American wrestler at Arizona State, Severn transitioned to MMA in 1994 when he debuted at UFC 4. While his run in that one-night tournament ended in a submission loss to Gracie, Severn would capture the tournament crown in his next attempt at UFC 5. Despite last competing in the Octagon at UFC 27, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during UFC 52 in April 2005. Severn leaves the sport with an impressive career record of 101-19-7, including 60 wins via submission.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'TUF 19' middleweight finalist Dhiego Lima announces release from UFC roster

  • 23 days ago
  • 14 views

With three losses in his four official UFC fights, Dhiego Lima says he has been released from the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC veteran Mike Swick announces retirement following UFC 189 loss

  • 11 days ago
  • 0 views

Mike Swick, a 15-fight veteran of the UFC and one of the members of the original cast of “The Ultimate Fighter” has taken to social media to announce that he is retiring from the sport.Filed under: F read news >>

Mike Swick announces retirement from MMA: 'Everyone wants to go out on top'

  • 11 days ago
  • 6 views

Longtime UFC veteran Mike "Quick" Swick is hanging up the gloves for good after coming back from a 2.5 year layoff to lose to Alex Garcia at UFC 189. MMA is a tricky business to grow old in. Fighters read news >>

Mike “Quick” Swick Announces Retirement Following UFC 189 Loss

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

Mike “Quick” Swick announced his retirement from fighting following his UFC 189 loss to Alex Garcia via his Facebook page on Thursday. read news >>

VIDEO: Dana White Announces Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor for UFC 189

  • 26 days ago
  • 152 views

Check out the official announcement from UFC president Dana White, when he revealed that Chad Mendes would be fighting Conor McGregor next week. read news >>

UFC Announces October Return to Dublin

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC on Wednesday made good on its promise to announce a return to Ireland. read news >>

Cheick Kongo open to fights with Lashley, 'Kimbo Slice,' wants to stay active

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator heavyweight Cheick Kongo is open to fighting anyone on the promotion’s big-man roster, as long as he gets to it soon.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Kharitonov not considering retirement: 'I think my fighting career is only at its beginning'

  • 27 days ago
  • 13 views

PRIDE and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov discusses his upcoming fight at M-1 Challenge 59, as well as his career expectations over the coming years. Although Russian star Sergei Kharitonov beg read news >>

UFC announces Oct. 24 return to Dublin, Ireland

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced its highly-anticipated return to Dublin, Ireland, for a special "Fight Night" mixed martial arts (MMA) event inside the 3Arena -- formerly know read news >>

UFC announces return to Ireland, books 3Arena in Dublin for Oct. 24

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

The week before the biggest fight of Ireland’s most popular fighter’s career, the UFC has announced a fall return to Dublin.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>