Seagal: Anderson better on paper and real world


Today sensei Steven Seagal was a guest on 'The MMA Hour' with Ariel Helwani and spoke at length about this weekend's UFC 162 main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman:

Seagal: Where I come from we always say talk is cheap and the proof is in how it goes in the fight. If you all want my opinion, and I assume the reason why you called is because you want my opinion. My opinion is this young gentlemen, from what I've heard is a real nice young man. I can see he's very good on the ground. He's got grappling skills, great take downs, great guillotine, great arm triangle stuff like that, very good. That's kind of what I can say about him. I think he's very strong and good at all that stuff. 

I think that he's an offensive fighter and I think that Anderson is a better defensive fighter, which automatically puts him at a little bit of a disadvantage in some ways. I think Andersoon won't go on his knees so a lot of that stuff won't be easy for him to get. And he's very dangerous on his back, which I don't think many people realize. People think 'Yeah I got on top of Anderson' and look what happens when they do.

All that said, I believe Anderson is a little bit faster, he has a lot more experience, I believe he has a lot better timing, I think that he's a better striker, and I think he's a better kicker. He has better kicks and better strikes.

So people can say what they want to say and in this world anything can happen, but I kind of feel on paper that Anderson has the advantage and in the real world he has the advantage.

Ariel Helwani: Do you feel as though this will be Anderson's toughest test in the UFC?

Seagal: Oh I don't know. He's hard some pretty damn tough tests. He's got five rounds to knock him out and that's why I'm hoping for is a knockout. I hope Anderson will knock him out and that's not offense to this young gentlemen. That's my guy and that's what I'm hoping for. Anderson has some tough times, like with Chael Sonnen and he was injured badly. That was a real tough time. I don't think it gets too much tougher than that. So no, I don't think Weidman will be tougher. He's a great fighter, very strong, great ground game, wonderful fighter, wonderful young man.

Ariel Helwani: Some people have called Chris Weidman the great white hope, great white hype if you will, have tried to will him to beat him, do you view it that way?

Seagal: To be honest with you, forgive me for saying this, but spending so much time in Detroit and Louisiana, we don't look at color, great white, great black, why do we have to talk about color? He's just a great young man, a great fighter with great potential, and we don't need to be hoping or praying for anything, let's hope the best man wins, that's the way I look at it.

Ariel Helwani: Do you feel as though Anderson is being disrespected? As someone who knows him, his body of work, does it bother you to see people pick against him so easily?

Seagal: I mean we are living in a very very strange pond to swim. It's a very strange pond to swim in. There's a lot of people who have no experience in the martial arts who are talking as if they've been doing it for fifty years and talking as if they are masters. There are a lot of people who make up shit and lie through their teeth. There's a lot of people who have huge egos and huge mouths who love to talk and say a lot of stuff. Then there are people who are highly accredited people who have been in the martial arts a long long time who certainly we want to hear from. They cast their opinions with respect, which I always try to do, and everybody wants to hear what they have to say. We're swimming in a pond with the good, the bad, and the ugly. What I try to do is tune into the good and stay around the good, and more and more as time goes on I hope the UFC gets more people that are polite and qualified to give their opinions.


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36 VS 14 site profile image  

7/16/13 7:43 PM by 36 VS 14


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7/12/13 8:04 PM by Glovegate

Coming from the guy who implied that's what Weidman was, priceless.

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7/11/13 12:28 PM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama


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7/3/13 3:15 AM by Bucephalus

The term starstruck refers to the experience of meeting a celebrity for the first time. Machida and Silva have maintained a relationship with Seagal for years. That's not "starstruck". Sorry to break it to you.

Katsumoto site profile image  

7/3/13 12:03 AM by Katsumoto

at this point, i'd rather listen to Seagal than Chael anyday.and good interview.

Rambo John J site profile image  

7/2/13 11:47 PM by Rambo John J

So was Tyson

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7/2/13 11:46 PM by choadler

You guys are assholes.   Under seige 2. Way better than 1.   You are missing the good shit.

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7/2/13 9:15 PM by Sativa G

they're star struck dummy.  you think they'd have opened their doors to him if he wasn't the star of movies they grew up watching?  they won't even let him corner them, yet he takes all the credit for training them.  he's just a fatass hasbeen trying to latch on to a legit modern day champion to give himself some relevance and career boost.  he tried the same groupie shit with bones and was quickly turned away

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7/2/13 6:05 PM by Lazer MMA

Puntin made you turn the corner huh? LMFAO at the brain dead UG'ers who said he was fake and AS & Machida were lying!WTF the fuck are these 100's of ug'ers talking their crap FFS? Are they hiding? Change of heart?Dozens of threads taking shit for over 10 pages, shiting on the man LOL. WTF are they now?

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7/2/13 5:50 PM by Bipolar

To all you seagull hatin morons; any of you bastards who still question the immortal accomplishments of master seagull are only revealing yourselves to be martial arts posers and wannabes. Regardless of the clear evidence that master seagull is a textbook narcissistic sociopath, and regardless of the many exciting tales he has made himself the hero of, all of which have been proven to be the creative musings of this incomprehensible genius that we are unqualified to cast judgment on, and regardless of the fact that he suffers a rare kind of social pathology, an intolerable and tragic disease which leaves the great master looking like a tool every time he speaks, despite all these regrettable truths, which I will grant you, there is absolutely NO REASON, based on these, to conclude that he is lying about his singular martial arts accomplishments. True also, his claims have never been proven and he may have even stumbled into a one-in-a-million choke-hold too violent even for his unequalled wrist manipulation training. But once again, none of this is conclusive PROOF that he is fibbing. And as reasonable as it may be that AS and the dragon have been star struck by this magnetic and Oscar worthy action film legend, and as easy as it is to explain the psychological phenomena that would blind these two MMA greats into believing master seagull is a true master of a discipline that they have no great experience with, and though it may also be true that their nationality, culture, and language make it impossible for the dragon and AS to detect just how ridiculous and douchey master seagull's social disorder reveals him to be (though his unfortunate disease makes it impossible for him to help this), despite all these APPARENT proofs, it still CANNOT BE PROVEN that master seagull is a fraud. Again, just because ALL of the clear evidence suggests it, doesn't PROVE this great man is anything but sincere, and you only look foolish standing on such flimsy arguments as those that are regularly raised such as I have offered above. Long live the great master seagull! I will always believe!