Mixed martial arts pioneer who ended his career with a record of 101 wins, 19 losses and 7 draws. He won his first National Title in 1972 and was a two-time State Wrestling Champion in Michigan.
He began wrestling in 1969 and was a three-time Summer Olympic alternate while competing as an amateur wrestler.
He is an inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame and Arizona State University wrestling Hall of Fame.
His son David Severn became a high school state wrestling champion.
He was named to PWI's list of top 500 singles wrestlers with Shawn Michaels in 1995.