Anderson Silva sparked an intense debate amongst mixed martial arts fans this past week after he credited his fight-ending front kick to former action movie star/Aikido master Steven Seagal. Some thought it was a legitimate claim while others thought it was an absolute joke.
Well, if this report from PVT Mag is accurate, the disbelievers were correct. The report basically suggests the Silva camp, or more specifically his manager, came up with the idea to use Seagal to get Anderson more publicity in the American media. Via MiddleEasy:
“The declaration of the champion Anderson Silva (Seagal helping him with the amazing kick) was contemplated with humor by the fans, who knows that the actor was at most twice with the Brazilian.
The approach between the two was actually a marketing maneuver planned by the agent of Anderson, Jorge Joinha, to give more visibility to it’s champion in the American media. The plan worked very well in the first stage, the problem was in the wrong dose and reached the absurdity of assigning a brilliant victory by the biggest name in the MMA of all time to a “Master of Hollywood” who never climbed in the ring. The worst of all is that Seagal, perhaps influenced by some of his films, believed and even stated in several interviews after the fight that “He (Anderson) did everything the way i taught him and made me very proud”. For God’s sake…”
If that was the case, then I have to say their plan worked. The Seagal story was all over the internet and apparently even made it on ESPN’s Rome is Burning show.