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Date (3/23) of 1996 when Anthony "Mad Dog" Macias won three fights at Oklahoma Free Fight Federation 2 in Tulsa. Many old school fans probably remember Macias from a different date, 12/16/1994 when he had his professional debut against another guy also in his first fight, Dan Severn. The event was UFC 4 Revenge of the Warriors, also in Tulsa.

Macias, a Muay Thai specialist, gave up well over 50 lbs. to Severn but hoped he'd be able to tame "The Beast" with elbows and knees. Severn on the other hand planned on throwing the smaller man all over the octagon.

The fight began with Severn looking for a takedown and Macias trying his best to fight it off, he delivered a few elbows, but none were effective and then Severn delivered a couple of violent suplexes. This led to him taking Macias' back and sinking in a rear naked choke at 1:45.

Of course after the debut Severn went on to become famous. Macias, maybe not as well known, but as you can see from this day twelve years ago when he won three fights, he's certainly had some success. His last bout was in September of 2005, a win in Enid, Oklahoma that pushed his record to 23-11. Obviously he fought a legend in Severn in his first fight, but he's also been in with Oleg Taktarov, Vladamir Matyushenko, even the Japanese star Kazushi Sakuraba at PRIDE 7. Unfortunately for Macias he was unable to beat any of these greats.

Now for the second part of 3/23! Dan Severn has also fought on this date. Only a year ago and pushing the age of fifty he submitted Jason Keith with a rear naked choke, just as he did Macias in his debut. Severn truly is an ageless wonder, since his fight one year ago today; he has climbed into the cage five more times and won all five. Most recently at Cage Wars Max Extreme Fighting on March 9th where he scored a decision over Colin Robinson, a man whose last fight came in the promotion where Severn and Macias hooked up over 13 years ago, the UFC. Robinson however didn't fare to well. At UFC 80 he was TKO'd in 0:17.

Severn as of this day, 3/23, has an 84-15-7 record and has only been stopped ten times with just one of them coming by KO!

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