“I had a training camp with master Steven Segal, and he improved that kick of mine for me…”
Martial arts movie star and a good friend of Anderson Silva's Steven Seagal about teaching Silva the move he finished Vitor Belfort with at UFC 126, how he met Silva and whether he would have competed in the UFC had MMA been popular 20 years ago.
"I've learned sort of a variation of that [Front Kick] in Japan, probably 30, 40 years ago, and I've been perfecting it all these years. It's not exactly cut out there, it's just something that I created that's a little bit different. I thought Anderson could learn well because he's sort-of a natural born athlete, has very quick hands and feet, and his kicks are good to begin with. So I started teaching him kicks that I thought he could really hurt people with.
"In practice, he was knocking other people out with body shots, and at that point I knew he was going to start making these kicks work.
"...Nobody knows the kick. I'm teaching it to Machida, Anderson, and a few other Brazilians, but we haven't really used it much yet. I haven't shown it to many people yet."
"Right before he walked out, I said, 'Stay away from him for the first two or three minutes. Just kind of get him frustrated and then fake low and come high and do that kick that I've been teaching you and kick him in the head or the face.' He did exactly what I said and exactly what I wanted to happen, happened, and I was very proud of him."
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