Anderson Silva has done it again. On top of being widely considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, not only in the UFC but in all fighting sports, he is now the co-headliner of one of the more bizarre sports training stories in recent history.
In an aggressive art founded on hitting people in the head, crazy stories are intrinsic to the sport. Whether it’s the time Apollo Creed graciously took Rocky under his wing in the hopes of taking down the insufferable Mr. T, or the time Floyd Mayweather Sr tried to train Oscar De La Hoya to fight against his own son, Floyd Jr.
Now it is Steven Seagal teaching Anderson Silva a move he designed himself during his 20-plus years in the martial arts world: the front kick to the face.
One can only wonder if Silva had to climb 10,000 stone stairs to reach Seagal.
Now, Steven Seagal can add knockout-kick pioneer to his long list of accomplishments that include being an actor, director, producer, writer, musician, energy drink creator, reality TV show star, the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan, the personal bodyguard to the only offspring of the Panchen Lama and an alleged sex slave trafficker.
While kicks similar to the one he invented have been attempted, Seagal insists this is the first time it has ever been successfully pulled off in a fight. It being used prior to this fight is impossible, according to Seagal, seeing as only a select few knew of its existence before now.