Just when we thought the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rivalry couldn't get any more bizarre, it seems that we have all forgotten about the insanity that Silva's "sensei," Steven Seagal, brings to the table.
In an interview with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, Seagal revealed that he has been working extensively with the current UFC middleweight champion on a variety of techniques in preparation for his fight on Saturday against Sonnen.
Though the action movie star and seventh-degree Aikido black belt wouldn't divulge information on exactly what the new moves were, he did give a small hint.
"Stuff that we thought was maybe illegal, that's not illegal," Seagal told Helwani.
Without knowing more about what the Silva camp thought was illegal, it's very difficult to speculate on exactly what the moves could be.
"It turns out to not be illegal," he clarified.
The only information Seagal let fans know is that the techniques he taught Silva are, as one would expect from an Aikido expert, to be utilized on the feet.
"Everything I'm teaching him is standup and how to not go on the ground," Seagal said.
Despite accompanying Silva and other members of Black House MMA to the cage in the past, Seagal said that he will not be cornering the champion during Saturday's fight. He did note, however, that he will have communication to the corner through Silva's manager Ed Soares and that he will continue to work with Silva up until the fight.
"I just got done training him and I'm going to keep training him until he walks in the ring," Seagal said.
After crediting himself with "inventing" the front face kick that knocked out Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, Seagal has been seen increasingly more often at UFC events, leading some to believe that perhaps there is something to all this crazy talk.
So, are you drinking the kool-aid yet?
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