UFC pioneer Dan Severn retires from MMA at age 54 -- and with 101 wins

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Dan Severn was able to beat a lot of people over the course of his career. One person he couldn't defeat, however, was Father Time.

The good news is, he's going out with a win.

Dan Severn notched the 101st victory of his career by outpointing Alex Rozman last April in Davenport, Iowa, in what has turned out to be his final appearance as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. All told, "The Beast" retires at age 54 with a record of 101-19-7.

From his official website:

"I was attempting to do my own self-directed retirement tour in the last couple of years, reaching out to only three people. It seems as though these matches will not take place for whatever reasons and my life now goes on to the next chapter. 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. 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 is perhaps best known for his exploits in the early days of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he battled against the likes of Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Kimo Leopoldo and Mark Coleman. "The Beast" won the UFC 5 and UFC 95 tournaments, as well as the promotion's "super fight" championship.

He also holds a win over former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin.

The UFC Hall-of-Famer last appeared inside the Octagon at UFC 27: "Ultimate Bad Boyz," losing to Pedro Rizzo by way of submission (punches). In addition to his own training facility, Severn, a former Olympic wrestling alternate, plans to continue teaching.

Any fight fans out there have a favorite "Beast" memory?

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