Two spectacular highlight reel finishes down, countless more to go. After helping Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida “perfect” the art of the front kick, Steven Seagal claims to have plenty more spectacular strikes up his sleeve – just don’t ask him to share his trade secrets.
“With Lyoto, I came in probably five days before the fight, something like that,” Seagal told Sherdog of preparing Machida for UFC 129. “Started working on different kinds of elbows, different kinds of punching, different kinds of feet-work … but particularly the kick. I think against a lot of the guys who have spent a lot of their energy on wrestling, they’re not exactly what I would call great strikers.
“The kick can be very effective. This kick is different.”
Silva debuted Seagal’s version of the front kick on Vitor Belfort’s face at UFC 126 this past February. After “The Spider” cleansed Belfort’s pallet with his toes, Machida executed a very similar maneuver this past Saturday to retire Randy Couture. However, “The Dragon’s” kick was slightly modified and unleashed with more aggression.
“[Machida’s] kick, the thing that’s deceptive about it is that, the normal [technique] where you lift up your knee and you kick, this one I’m kind of trying to teach the guys to lead with the foot,” Seagal stated. “I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to give it away completely to the world.
“It’s different and it’s hard to see. It’s very difficult to see coming, and that’s how my guys have been successful with that.”
It’s clear the Brazilians at Team Black House love them some front kicks, so the opposition will be on the lookout now more than ever. That’s just fine and dandy with Seagal, as he claims their alertness will only open the doors for some more never-before-seen Seagal ass whooping action.
“There are some real different elbows. There are some real different punches. There are some real different entrances that I’m working on with the guys,” the 59-year-old boasted of his diversified arsenal. “There are some other things that I don’t want to talk about that you guys just haven’t seen at all yet. You haven’t seen it, but it’s legal.”
If Seagal gets credited for another devastating finish inside of the Octagon, does that mean he’s officially surpassed Chuck Norris as the baddest man to ever walk the face of the earth???