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Jon Jones Snubs Steven Seagal's Advice

Jordy McElroyCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2011

Martial Arts master Steven Seagal had the brakes pumped on his MMA parade at UFC 135 by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Apparently, Seagal was denied access to Jones' locker room before his title bout with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

The action movie star was hoping to offer advice and words of encouragement to the 24-year-old champion.

Seagal has been tied to helping several world class MMA fighters in the past such as Black House members Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida.

"He called me a few days before the fight and he just told me that he felt I was going to win the fight and that he saw a lot in my skill set and he thought that he could help, and he wondered if he could come and talk to me backstage before the fight and just kind of give me some words of encouragement," Jones said at the UFC 135 post-fight press conference.

While Silva and Machida welcomed Seagal with open arms, Jones chose to pass on the 59-year-old actor's advice.

"I didn't think that would be a good idea," said Jones. "My training staff works very hard on me and I'm their prodigy and I don't want to disrespect them by welcoming someone else's master into our room, into our house, into my family."

Training out of Jackson's MMA, Jones works with a multitude of highly-respected coaches including Greg Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn and Phil Nurse.

Seagal may have kicked ass in Under Siege, but when it comes to MMA, Jones did himself a tremendous favor in putting his faith in a coaching staff with a proven track record of breeding world champions.

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