Despite the fact that the fighters have placed distance between themselves and former martial arts icon Steven Seagal’s claim to have taught them how to execute their highlight reel front kicks, Seagal himself has no intention to dabble in that reality. Instead, Seagal insists on taking credit for their stellar performances.
When Silva kicked Vitor Belfort’s head through the uprights at UFC 126, it was Seagal who had instructed him to use the kick and coached him through the proper technique beforehand. When Machida pulled off a Daniel-san on Randy Couture at UFC 129, you can bet it was Seagal who planted the idea in Machida’s ear and taught him the correct way to throw the kick.
Apparently enjoying this newfound play at relevance, Seagal was banging that drum again during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, telling Kimmel all about how he’s molded two of the world’s best mixed martial artists.
“I am teaching Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida,” claimed Seagal. “I show them, you know, a lot. Not everything I know, but I show them punches and what we call Ashi Sabaki, which means how you move with your feet, how you enter, hand angles, joints — but mostly I’m teaching them kicks and punches. There is a signature kick that I’ve taught them that they’ve knocked champions out with and won world championships with.”
Of course you do, Steven. Of course you do.