For some time now 80’s action-movie star Steven Seagal has been seen Octagon-side at some of the UFC’s biggest fights claiming to have helped fighters like Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida to emerge victorious in their fights.
Many have doubted the varasity of his claims, and as we’ve reported previously there have even been reports emerging from Brazil that Silva’s camp used Seagal as a publicity stunt.
Last night it emerged that Seagal was again in attendance at UFC 135, and this time he had his sights set on light-heavyweight champion.
“This was an important, pivotal fight for me because depending on who won this fight it could change the heavyweight division, or the light-heavyweight division so I wanted to pay close attention,” Seagal told MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani backstage after the show.
At the post-fight press conference the victorious Jon Jones revealed that Seagal had in fact tried to meet with him prior to the fight.
“He called me a few days before the fight and he just told me that he felt I was going to win the fight and that he saw a lot in my skill set and he thought that he could help, and he wondered if he could come and talk to me backstage before the fight and just kind of give me some more words of encouragement,” Jones revealed.
Wisely, Jones opted to turn him down.
“I didn’t think that would be a good idea. My training staff works very hard on me and I’m there prodigy and I don’t want to disrespect them by welcoming someone elses master into our room, into our house, into my family.”
I’m glad he did as I’m getting tired of Seagal aligning himself with the superstars of the sport and then trying to claim some sort of credit when they win.
Of course despite not being successful in his bid to get into Jones camp, Seagal was still holding court backstage last night.
When asked by Ariel Helwani if he had believed Jones would finish Rampage by submission he replied “Oh yeah,” and when prompted to elaborate he chuckled “I have a pretty good eye.”
Some may question that statement given that later in the same interview he stated that we was more impressed with Rampage than Jones in the fight due to the fact that the challenger showed good head movement, and despite the fact that he strolled through four rounds of action with a former champion he went on to claim that, “Jon Jones wasn’t himself tonight.”
When told that UFC color commentator Joe Rogan had been impressed with Jones performance he replied, “I’ve been a fighter all my life. You can listen to him, maybe he knows more than me, I don’t know.”
And if you’re still in any doubt about Seagal’s credentials, consider the fact that when asked for his opinion about Anderson Silva’s win at UFC 134 recently he stated loftily, “It was exactly as I told him it would be.”
Rumors that Seagal is in fact the second coming of Nostrodamus couldn’t be confirmed at this time.