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Dan Severn On What Makes Him Now The "New & Improved" Beast:
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The recent Ken “Sham”rock fight cancelation fiasco still bothering him:
Let's just say that I'm not going to let this new improved Dan Severn go to waste. I will be doing something and I told myself hopefully in the next 30-45 days I'll have a basic game plan of what I want to do and if it fits within in the time table I will be letting Ken know that I am still available to him. He's going to have to convince me that he's worth waiting for and at this point I gave up five months of my life and I trained and I dedicated myself just to have him just belly-up, roll-over and bow out? Not acceptable whatsoever.
The “new and improved” Dan Severn:
I would say that a lot of people don't really realize that although I've had a long career of Mixed Martial Arts and in doing that same career I've only had three training camps, period. You find another MMA fighter who can make that bold of a statement and then have the success ratio that I've had on top of that? That's unheard of. When I say “new and improved” it is the sheer fact that I knew about an opponent for almost five months. I was contacted by this UR Network company back in November of 2015 and as soon as I was made aware I already started to implement a training program, it was slowly because I am not as young as I once was but I was implementing my training. I increased it more and more as I was feeling capable of taking on more and more. “New and improved” to me just means that I added a few other things to my arsenal that I think will be surprising to most. Which I don't wish to divulge at this point just in case this fight does come to fruition.
Tank Abbot being named as a replacement for “Sham” and that not being what he wanted:
Well he was not on my list. I've been involved in two different industries. My first profession was the wacky world of professional rasslin' and in 1994 I jumped into the world of cage fighting so when I retired from Mixed Martial Arts I retired with a clause and I simply said that I would seriously consider coming back out of retirement for one of three people and in order: Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie. I had no other axe to grind with anybody else just those three people and Mark Coleman is now off the hook.
I did Tank already. I did not want another Tank match but I was willing to accept that match because he fit the format of this three-ring circus that was taking place, this freak show of a show. I don't mean that in a bad way, I never did a show like this. It was the sheer fact that there were four main events taking place a submission match, a boxing match, a professional wrestling match and this Mixed Martial Arts match. No other card has ever been attempted like that so I felt that Tank Abbot kind of fit the freak show mold.
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