In the biggest fight of his illustrious career, UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva dug deep into his bag of tricks and unleashed the most devastating front kick in MMA history. On the wrong end of the highlight-reel strike was Vitor Belfort’s face, and it appears he can thank Steven Seagal for it.
That’s correct. The actor who starred in cult classics like “Out for Justice” and “Under Siege” is the man responsible for schooling “The Spider” in the art of the front kick. The same guy that could one day replace Chuck Norris as the baddest man to ever walk the face of the earth. Because THIS his how Chuck Norris eats watermelons.
“Steven Seagal helped me perfect that kick. That was a kick we were working on before,” Silva admitted at the UFC 126 post-fight press conference. “This was a kick that I trained a lot.”
The game’s most lethal assassin didn’t attempt many strikes during their brief tango, but it was clearly long enough to unload some Brazilian-on-Brazilian crime. In addition to stamping his footprint on Belfort’s kisser, Silva immediately followed up with a right hand that hit dead-center of “The Phenom’s” dazed and confused face.
Silva fired off another precisely placed punch shortly after, but it was already; Game. Set. Match.
Seagal also recently helped Silva’s amigo Lyoto Machida with his throat-checking abilities. Unfortunately for “The Dragon,” he went on to lose his UFC 123 bout to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson following his course in Seagal 101.
He is currently a 7th dan degree and Shihan in Aikido. The 58-year-old moved to Japan in his late teens and became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in the country.