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Dan Kolov (1892–1940), born Doncho Kolеv Danev (Bulgarian: Дончо Колев Данев), was a famous Bulgarian wrestler and a national hero of Bulgaria.

Dan Kolov was a Bulgarian wrestler and a fighter. He was the first European freestyle wrestling champion from Bulgaria. He won the European gold in 1936 in the championship in Paris. This is the 2nd distinction for Bulgaria after the world title of Nikola Petrov (classic style wrestling) from 1900. Dan Kolov leaves Hungary and moves to the US at the age of 17. He works various jobs until he finds work as a railroad construction worker. He quickly impresses people with his extraordinary physical power and becomes famous for his ability to twist metal rails around his neck. He even fights a bear, while hunting. Legend has it that he fights the beast for an hour with his bare hands until he gets a chance to kill the animal with his rifle later. Apparently, witnesses saw the marks of Kolov’s hands on the neck of the bear . He is subsequently hired as a wrestler with “Victoria Circus”. At the beginning of the last century, wrestling is represented in freestyle wrestling bout in which punches and kicks were allowed. It was a dangerous sport with extremely serious and severe injuries. Catch as Catch Can (CACC) or Catch Wrestling can be considered the father of today’s MMA.

Before being discovered and trained to be a professional wrestler by Zbyszko Cyganiewicz, Kolov was self-taught. Kolov was the first wrestler who captured professional heavyweight wrestling’s ‘Diamond Belt’ twice. His most famous victories are: in New York vs. Latvian Rudy Dusek – 1919 in Tokyo vs. Jiki Higen -“The Strangler” – 1921 in Paris vs. Henri Deglane -1933. . He was also three times Heavyweight Champion of Europe (1934, 1937, 1937).[1] In 1937, Kolov defeated the current Heavyweight Champion of Europe, American Al Pereira, only for Pereira to win the title back, and for Kolov to reclaim it, before losing it in turn to Joe Savoldi.

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