Although Steven Seagal (Pictured) played an instrumental role in Anderson Silva’s highlight-reel kick on Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, the 59-year-old martial arts legend didn’t work with the middleweight champ for his scrap against Yushin Okami. However, that doesn’t mean Seagal won’t be in the house this Saturday for UFC 134.
“This time, the Master Steven Seagal no come for my camp to train.” Silva shared during Thursday’s press conference. “But that’s ok. For next fight, maybe.”
After posterizing Belfort this past February with the front-kick heard ‘round the world, Silva revealed he and Seagal had been in the lab perfecting the strike for quite some time. As if that weren’t enough, Seagal helped Lyoto Machida retire Randy Couture with a similar shot two months later at UFC 129.
Although Silva is a whopping 5-to-1 favorite to post his ninth successful UFC title defense, it didn’t stop “The Spider” from ensuring his good luck charm would be in his corner on Saturday.
“Yeah, I call [him],” Silva stated. “[Seagal told] to me, ‘Yeah, I’m [going].’”
The actor who starred in cult classics like “Out for Justice” and “Under Siege” is currently a 7th dan degree and Shihan in Aikido. Seagal moved to Japan in his late teens and became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in the country.
UFC 134 takes place inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The middleweights will headline the pay-per-view broadcast, which airs live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.