Last Saturday, when Lyoto Machida used a real life version of Mortal Kombat and the "Crane Kick" all rolled into one, actor Steven Seagal took little time to take credit for teaching Machida the move.
In actuality though, Machida didn't meet up with Seagal until the night of UFC 129, and in fact, learned the kick from his father, not Seagal.
"There is this kick in karate, ‘Kanku Dai.’ When I started preparing, soon after hernia surgery, my preparation was a bit limited, so my dad [Yoshizo] gave me some kicks to train and told me to use it in sparring at times, but always very carefully because this is a shot that hurts, it's like a poke,” Machida told Tatame.
Machida told Tatame the news that he did not meet with Seagal until the night of the fight and Seagal was the person who told him it would work.
"When I came to Canada I met with Steven Seagal and he said ‘Machida, this kick will work.’ But I was not worried about doing it or not, only if a chance came up. I was relaxed… and dropped the kick into place. There was nothing ‘out of nothing,'" said Machida.
The Internet yet again took storm after learning that Seagal had taught yet another fighter a knockout inducing, epic Knockout of the Night kick. Seagal takes credit for Anderson Silva's front kick to the face of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.
Rumors have it that Seagal working with the members of Team Black House is a PR stunt and a marketing exercise.
Seagal though says that he is working with the members on some awesome—legal—kicks.
“There are some real different entrances that I’m working on with the guys. 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,” Seagal said.
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