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UFC 135 Results: Steven Seagal's Lies Won't Help His MMA Credibility

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2011

After Jon Jones made Quinton Jackson tap out to a rear naked choke at UFC 135 on Saturday night, fans were talking about what it would take someone to beat the seemingly unbeatable Jones. There was another story to come out of the show too: Steven Seagal and the lies that he is telling.

Ever since UFC 126, when Anderson Silva kicked Vitor Belfort in the face and credited him with teaching him the move, Steven Seagal has become the new "it" guy in mixed martial arts. He has been seen at virtually every event, large or small, since that day in February.

After UFC 135, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com interviewed Seagal. He was asked what the front kicks to the face that Jones delivered and took credit for teaching it to Jones and seemed upset at the way at which Jones delivered them in the fight.

"Him and I did talk about it," Seagal said, "but he hasn't learned it yet."

That would not be a big deal if it were true, but according to Jon Jones at the post-fight press conference, they never spoke about anything before the fight.

He was wondering if he could come and talk to me backstage before the fight, just give me some words of encouragement. I didn't think that would be a good idea. My training staff works very hard on me. I'm their prodigy. I wouldn't want to disrespect them by welcoming someone else's master into our room, into our house, into our family.

Seagal has always been an interesting personality. He is very relaxed when he talks, almost in a Zen-like state 24/7.

He wants to be taken seriously by mixed martial arts fans because that keeps his name relevant. If it weren't for his relationship with Silva, his claim to fame would be a string of lame martial arts movies that were released in the 1990s.

The only way that Seagal will actually stay relevant to mixed martial arts fans is if he is actually working with these fighters. We know that he works with Silva, because Silva has admitted as much.

If there are fighters that Seagal has not worked with but would like to, then he needs to work on establishing contact with them. He has no reason to lie about discussing anything with anyone.

It is not as if Seagal is the Almighty when it comes to all things mixed martial arts and that fans hang on his every word. He needs to stop using these fighters to make himself more famous.

Otherwise he is going to say the wrong thing and the little credibility that he has left will be completely gone.

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