Some people might have been skeptical when they heard that movie star Steven Seagal was helping train UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but according to the fighter Seagal helped him perfect the technique.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani after the UFC 126 event had concluded Seagal was more than willing to take full credit for the front kick that led to Belfort being KO’d.
“I learned sort of a variation of that in Japan probably 30, 40 years ago and I’ve been perfecting it all these years. It’s not exactly Karate, it’s just something that I created that’s just a little bit different that Anderson could learn well because he’s sort of a natural born athlete. He has very quick hands and feet and his kicks are good to begin with, so I started teaching him kicks I thought he could really hurt people with. In practice he was knocking people out with body shots. At that point I knew he was going to start making these kicks work.”
So has Seagal ever seen anything like the kick Silva produced in the fight before in his long history with martial arts?
“Well nobody knows the kick, I’m teaching it to Machida, Anderson and a few of the Brazilian’s, but we haven’t really used it much yet, I haven’t shown it to many people yet.”
So there you go folks, apparently Seagal invented the front kick.
Check out the full interview below courtesy of MMAfighting.