So where did UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva learn the front kick he used to buckle Vitor Belfort at UFC 126? Steven Seagal of course.
Silva told Joe Rogan post fight that he learned the kick from the legendary Seagal and Ariel Helwani caught up with Seagal back stage following the bout to get his take on the fight and explain where he picked up the kick:
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I love Anderson Silva and I have been a Seagal fan since the 80's. It excites me to see these two training together, and also to hear that Seagal is training with Machida! But I'm a bit confused by something Seagal said:
In this interview when asked about the period of non-action at the start of the fight, he implies that it was unsatisfactory and said the Japanese term was too rude to speak on TV, and he called it a kind of "Phobia", yet in another interview after the fight he said it was part of his game plan to not fight for a few minutes and get Vitor frustrated and then launch the deadly snap kick, and that the fight played out perfectly. So - which is it? Also - it was a badass kick no doubt, but it was just a snap kick right? Why has it taken 30 years to perfect a snap kick? I'm just wondering.