One hundred forty-five-pounder Nam Phan has hit back at recent comments made by Steven Seagal. In the nicest possible way, the UFC resident called the aging martial arts actor a "douche".
In a recent interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, Seagal had this to say about Phan:
“Never heard of him. Nam Fran? Is he an American guy? I don't know who this guy is and I don't really care.”
Phan, who is slated to face off against Cole Miller at UFC on FOX 4 this weekend, retorted with this gem:
“You know what, I'm not the most famous fighter," Phan said. “But, whatever, I still think he's a douche,” (via MMAFighting.com).
Whether it’s a way of resurrecting his floundering acting career or earning more respect in the mixed martial arts community, the star of such films as “Above the Law” and “Under Siege” has courted controversy ever since acquiring MMA notoriety courtesy of his affiliations with Black House members Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida.
Seagal, who has a 7th degree black-belt in Aikido, has lambasted Chael Sonnen for his TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) use leading up to his first encounter with Silva. In addition, he took potshots at current 205-pound titlist Jon Jones regarding his striking executions.
With regards to Silva and Machida, the 60-year-old reserve deputy sheriff credits himself with shoring up their fight game.
Under Seagal's tutelage, “The Spider” decimated Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort via front kick whilst “The Dragon” sent Randy “The Natural” Couture into retirement by way of jumping front kick.
Apropos Phan (17-10 MM), the 29-year-old Vietnamese-American is 1-3 in his four outings thus far for the Zuffa-based promotion. He’ll be intent on getting back to winning ways or else the hot seat beckons.
That said—if Phan catches sight of Seagal at a UFC event, he said he’ll do one of two things:
“I wouldn't say anything to him," Phan said. "I'd just walk right past him, or maybe just snicker at him.”
UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera is scheduled to take place on August 4, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.