Steven Seagal is a horse's ass and a creep, by most although not all accounts.
When the Aikido master and reality television star took credit for Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva's stunning kick knockouts, the sport's hardcore fanbase had a single thought, in unison - Gene Lebell made you poop your pants.
The idea that a portly Aikido guy taught two kicking masters the kick that is learned in every child's first karate class is on its face absurd.
Theories as to what really happened varied. Some argued that Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida are extraordinarily trained martial artists, and were being humble and respectful to a man old enough to be their father. More cynical specualtion was that 'The Spider' and 'The Dragon' would like to someday be in the movies too, and Seagal could somehow foster that.
In an interview on the Beauty and Da Beast podcast with Joey F------ Karate, Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida's manager Ed Soares said that something real was going on.
"People can say what they want about Steven Segal," said Soares. "He understands fighting man. He does understand fighting.
"People always ask 'is that all really true?' Let me tell you something, I'm not going to tell you that Steven Segal taught Anderson Silva or taught Lyoto how to do that kick. But I can definitely tell you that Steven Segal - I saw with my own two eyes - I walked back into the Blackhouse and saw Steven Segal telling Anderson to make adjustments ... I remember him saying 'make your knee go up high, because if you make your knee go up high the guy is not going to see your foot come' - and that's exactly what he did."
"So did he teach him that? No. Did he perfect it? Maybe he just reminded him that it could work. I don't know what he did, but he did something. Because I personally saw him doing that kick, and I personally saw him work Lyoto with that kick."
Listen to entire interview...
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