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Steven Seagal’s Training Helped Anderson Silva Beat Vitor Belfort

Steven Seagal is much more than just a badass Hollywood actor. People joke about the tough guy roles he stars in and patronize a lot of his cheesy movies, but UFC 126 proved Seagal is not someone you would want to mess around with in a dark alley — or anywhere for that matter. Don’t believe me? Just ask any of the countless fighters who have had their noggins cranked in by middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

If you were watching the fights on Saturday night, you probably laughed and were a little surprised to see Seagal standing in the front row wearing a nice set of yellow-tinted glasses. Those of us who are aware of his impressive background in martial arts immediately found ourselves wondering if Seagal was part of The Spider’s entourage.  It turns out he’s more than that.

When Silva knocked out Vitor Belfort with one of the best front kicks you’ll ever see on Saturday night, he was quick to give all the credit to Seagal.  In his post-fight press conference, Anderson said through his translator that Seagal “helped (him) perfect that kick,” which was one they had spent a lot of time working on in training.  How great is that?

Last time I checked, Chuck Norris wasn’t responsible for helping one of the best MMA fighters in the world defend his title.  Chuck may get all the credit and have all the quips written about him, but it looks like we need to start recognizing Seagal as the most hardcore badass in Hollywood.

Anderson Silva Crazy Knockout Kick Ends Vitor Belfort Fight (Video)

One of the most anticipated UFC cards in a few months featured very few exciting moments on Saturday night.  Leading up to the main event between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, the only fight that didn’t end in a judges’ decision was Jon Jones’ brutal choke out of Ryan Bader. Thanks to Silva and Steven Seagal, UFC 126 ended with a bang. Check out the Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort fight video:

That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a fighter get knocked out by a kick that comes in like an uppercut. Silva, who broke out a mask to taunt Belfort at the weigh-in, could be the biggest weirdo in MMA, but there’s no denying he’s the best fighter.  He did his typical obnoxious, voodoo dance routine for most of the first round before planting his foot in Belfort’s face.  No one saw it coming except Seagal, whom Silva credits for having taught him the move — and he wasn’t kidding.  Thanks to The Big Lead for finding a video that has somehow yet to be pulled.

Anderson Silva Breaks Out Mask at Weigh-in for Vitor Belfort UFC 126 Fight

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort are headlining UFC 126 in Las Vegas on Saturday evening, and the anticipation for the fight has grown throughout the week.

At the pre-fight press conference, Belfort said that Silva puts on a “mask” to try and intimidate opponents. He also accused Silva of acting in the ring to put on a show, something with which many people would agree.

Silva responded to Belfort’s accusations by breaking out a mask at the weigh-in Friday, as LBS MMA expert Alan Hull noted. The 185-pound middleweight engaged in a staredown with his fellow Brazilian, giving off the appearance that this fight is personal.

Most experts are picking The Spider to win the fight, which would be his 14th consecutive victory. If he gets the win, it sets up a possible super-fight against Georges St. Pierre who first needs to beat Jake Shields at UFC 129. Of course each fighter needs to take care of business first with wins. It all starts Saturday evening.

Video: Anderson Silva Knocks Out Forrest Griffin at UFC 101

As was said post fight, this could go down as one of the most embarrassing knockouts in UFC history. Anderson Silva was absolutely toying with Forrest Griffin who couldn’t find or touch him in the ring despite throwing plenty of punches. As Griffin was trying to make a charge, he got caught with a soft punch to the face and got dropped. Check out the entire Anderson Silva/Forrest Griffin fight video:

Griffin, a self-described sore loser, wasted no time in the ring after the knockout, promptly making an exit for the dressing room. He certainly left his dignity behind.