Demian Maia calls Steven Seagal's 'joke' relationship with Anderson Silva a 'marketing lie'

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Shocking allegations from Brazil that are sure to rock the entire fight community.

Say it ain't so!

Former Hollywood action star Steven Seagal taught Anderson Silva the secret art of Ashi Sabaki, which helped him polish off Vitor Belfort with a front kick (which took months to learn) at UFC 126 back in early 2011. That's in addition to the secret moves -- once ruled illegal -- he's been gracious enough to share with the former middleweight champion prior to UFC 148.

Demian Maia is calling bullshit.

The former 185-pound number one contender, who was trapped in "The Spider's" web at UFC 112, knows a thing or two about mixing it up with his fellow Brazilian. And according to his recent conversation on local television (via Yahoo), it's all phony-bologna.

"It's a lie. It's marketing. Like every actor from Hollywood, when Seagal saw Anderson's success, he glued himself to him. He was down on his career and made it up again. It worked because he appeared in the media again. He never taught Silva anything ... For everyone who knows about it, it's a joke."

I guess UFC 162 was the punchline.

Either that, or Silva forgot to use Seagal's secret techniques against Chris Weidman over Fourth of July Weekend, which caused him to cough up his middleweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, back on July 6, 2013.

See it again here.

If this entire charade is nothing but a lie, as Maia suggests, then how do you explain this video evidence of the master in action, schooling Silva's Blackhouse teammate Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante in a floral muumuu and size 42w dungarees?

I think Bas Rutten said it best when he told fans, "Let's never talk about this again."

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