Seagal: GSP good not great, I’d fight Randy Couture no rules
Striking and somewhat boyishly handsome looking action film star, musician, philanthropist, environmentalist, animal rights activist, producer, writer, guitarist, reserve deputy sheriff, and 7th-dan black belt in Aikido Steven Seagal appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, and offered his sage opinion on Georges St-Pierre, and the GSP vs. Anderson Silva superfight.
“I think he’s is a really nice guy,” said Seagal. “I think he is a good fighter and a good martial artist. Would I call him great? No.
“I just think he’s a wonderful and good martial artist and good guy. Some people are born with greatness, and some people sort of acquire it. But I think with time, he will become better and better.
“One of the things that a master looks at when they look at a fighter is the history of the fighter. When you look at the history of the fighter, you look at their very best fights, their best work, and their worst. If you look at Anderson’s worst fights, they’re not bad. He still looks pretty good.
“If you look at GSP’s worst fight, you look at the thing he did with Shields in Canada, that was atrocious. I think that is very telling. I just didn’t think the technique and the fighting skill was there in that instance. I also saw him after the fight and he wasn’t looking or feeling very well either, which does have some meaning. I think he got hurt in that fight and whether he dominated him or not, I just didn’t think he looked good.”
“Aside from all of that, I think Anderson is just a lot more skilled, and I think he would win handily.”
“I would tell (GSP) not to take the fight.”
Siyar Bahadurzada summed up the feelings of many when he tweeted “Steven Seagal saying GSP is not great is like a monkey saying fishes can’t swim!”
Seagal, or ‘Fritão’ as he known among his fighting Brazilian brothers, also said he would fight UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.
Couture recently quipped that he would stay retired, “unless Seagal wants to sign up.”
The 60-year-old Seagal is willing to accept the challenge.
“I have to wonder what his intentions may have been in saying that,” said Seagal. “I always thought that Randy was my friend and a gentleman. I’m kind of confused why he would say that, but I’m here, anybody can find me any time and any place. If Randy really wants to fight me, he can fight me any time he wants”
“It would be for free, and it would be some place where there are no witnesses. I’m hoping it wouldn’t get to that, and I don’t know why it would come about, but if that’s what he wants, he can get it any time he wants.”
“I don’t play by the rules. I’m sure one person will walk out. I’m a man of honor. I’m a gentleman, but I am a warrior, and if he needs to find me, he knows where to find me.”