Steven Seagal being interviewed by Ariel Helwani. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAfighting.com.
The "sensei" is back, and this time, he's not playing nice.
Famous martial arts B-movie actor and sometimes "lawman," Steven Seagal, has re-surfaced to continue what appears to be the longest running troll job in the history of trolling.
Yesterday, Seagal was seen throwing hands with Rafael Cavalcante at the UFC 148 open workouts in Las Vegas. It was epic. And by epic, I mean, it was a little sad. You just have to see it to understand where I'm coming from.
Apparently, the Aikido master is in town for more than just the opportunity to show off his fast hands. Seagal took a few minutes out of his very busy schedule to explain to MMAfighting's Ariel Helwani the ways that he is helping Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva prepare for his grudge match versus Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 in "Sin City" on Sat., July 9, 2012.
The message is simple. "No more Mr. Nice Guy:"
"It's exactly what I've been telling him. I said, 'You're too nice, in the past. In this fight, we're not gonna be nice. We're gonna be really, really...deep."
Check out the rest of Seagal's pearls of wisdom, plus the entire video, after the jump:
Seagal was asked how he felt about the danger of Silva coming into this fight from too emotional a standpoint. He's not concerned, and he thinks "The Spider" is balancing things just fine:
"I don't think that we should fight with emotion, but with fierce determination -- to dominate and exterminate. He's determined, and so am I. We're all determined to make this great."
Seagal was all about taking credit for Silva's now famous front kick that bludgeoned Vitor Belfort into unconsciousness at UFC 126 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 5, 2011. He also was front and center to pat himself on the back for the similar move that Lyoto Machida pulled off to give Randy Couture some free dental work, when the two squared off at UFC 129, in Toronto, Ontario, on April 30, 2011.
So what does Seagal have planned this time? He didn't want to give anything away, but the moves he's teaching Anderson Silva are ones which were once thought to be illegal. Seriously:
"About two or three things. I really don't want to tip it. I'm sure this guy's not stupid. It's stuff that, maybe we thought was illegal, that's not illegal, and stuff like that."
Seagal continued to refuse to give away too much, but he was clear that the techniques he is teaching Silva definitely have to do with the stand-up striking game:
"Standing. Everything I'm teaching him is standing, and how to not go on the ground."
Mr. Seagal won't be in Silva's corner on Saturday night, but he'll be lurking, somewhere in the background. According to him, he could have been in the corner, if he wanted to be...he just didn't want to:
"I won't be...on the ring. I'll be back, with the communication to the corner, through Ed (Soares). They'll deliver messages for me. I can't be in the corner, because -- I don't wanna be in the corner. "
Does anybody else feel like Ashton Kutcher is going to jump out at any moment and tell us all we've been punked?
For your viewing pleasure, here is the video of Ariel Helwani's interview with Steven Seagal. Enjoy: