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Jones Didn’t Let Seagal in His Dressing Room at UFC 135 For Fear That He’d Spy on Him For Machida

(Video courtesy of Jim Rome)

When Jon Jones called bullshit on Steven Seagal’s claim that he was slated to meet with the UFC light heavyweight champ just prior to him making the walk to the Octagon to face Quinton Jackson last weekend at UFC 135, most of us chalked it up to “The Glimmer Man” being a raving lunatic or a senile old man.

According to Jones, although he’s a strange cat, he doesn’t think Seagal is as crazy as he leads people to believe and as he revealed during an appearance on Jim Rome’s radio show yesterday, he may have had ulterior motives for the meeting.

Jones worried that the Aikido 7th Dan might have been sent to spy on him by Lyoto Machida‘s camp since a meeting with “The Dragon” is a likely inevitability.

“I just thought it was interesting. First off, you never know what people’s motives are, especially to chat with a guy that coaches Lyoto Machida. Machida is definitely somebody I want to fight in my near future and I just didn’t want to share my psychology with him or just who I am leading up to the fight that would put me at a disadvantage in the future. So I just told him I thought it was best if he kind of stayed away. And you know it’s just confusing, really to bring in somebody in that you don’t work with at all and have him try to give you last-second advice. I could just call in an athlete and [having Seagal in the room could] be more detrimental than helpful.”

Now either there’s a real spying problem in MMA or else there’s a real paranoia problem in the sport. I’m hoping it’s the former since it will make for better biopics and books down the road.

Jones went on to refute Seagal’s assertion that they were friends.

“I’m not sure how he got my number, but he was just like, ‘Hey, listen. I think you’re gonna win the fight and when I predict someone’s gonna win I’m never wrong. I’ve been watching the sport for so many years I’m never wrong when I make my predictions and there’s things I want to go over with you and things like that.’ It was all very strange. I don’t want to badmouth him too bad. He had good intentions, I think, but I definitely wasn’t interested in having Steven Seagal in my corner. Obviously if it was Jet Li or someone…Jet Li would be pretty cool.I definitely would take that call for sure.”

Hopefully the UFC can make that call happen. Imagine how pissed Seagal would be to look across to the other corner when Jones fights Machida to see Jet Li waving back? Classic.

Personally, I’d like to see “Bones” reach out to “Judo” Gene Lebell.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/RasmusDC)

Now we know why Sensei Seagal doesn’t like Joe.

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getmmafit- September 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm
Oops - here's the scoop on Seagal chickening out of a fight that he picked:
getmmafit- September 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Did you know the Seagal picked a fight -and then NO SHOWED? It even made the cover story of Black Belt Magazine?!

Check this out:
MasterPoe- September 30, 2011 at 10:32 am
Has anyone ever seen Steven fight other than in a movie.

Gene LaBelle put him in his place if you know that incident.
dranokills- September 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm
Its funny but the sex spam links are more entertaining than you guys, goddamn. slow day huh bros?
MediumRare- September 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm
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MediumRare- September 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Personally, I’d like to see “Bones” reach out to “Judo” Gene Lebell.
BTW, why hasn't anyone linked this little piece of Aikido domination?
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danomite- September 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Rogan's Anderson Silva impersonation is spot-on.
skeletor- September 29, 2011 at 11:35 am
skeletor- September 29, 2011 at 11:33 am
@El Guapo - I believe that documentary was called "Above The Law". There is literally no limits to what this man can accomplish. According to his wikipedia page he came out of the whom not only with a black belt but teaching Aikido.
Steven Frederic Seagal[2][3][4] (born April 10, 1952)[1] is an American action film star, producer, writer, martial artist, guitarist and reserve deputy sheriff. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his life as an Aikido instructor in Japan.[5] He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido Dojo in Japan.[6]
El Guapo- September 29, 2011 at 11:33 am
Ahhhhh, yeah, playas.
Richard Fitzentite- September 29, 2011 at 11:31 am
Bullshit was called on Segal a long time ago. 7th Dan in AIKIDO is giving lessons on the deadly "front kick" that is only known to white belts in any traditional martial art. I have never seen an Aikido prcticioner kick or have ever heard of kicking being a part of the Aikido curriculum.

Having Segal give you lessons on kicking or any aspects of MMA would be like having Brian Urlacher teach you how to putt.
El Guapo- September 29, 2011 at 11:29 am
Also, any movie where he rocked the shaggy sideburns(I'm assuming for the whole Asian/martial arts theme)holds a special place in my heart as well.
El Guapo- September 29, 2011 at 11:26 am
My personal favorite was when Seagal beat the crap out of 10 dudes in the bar using wrist throws, pool cues and the eight ball, then proceeding to go upstairs and rescue his niece from the druggie while smashing a mirror with an "EIGHT"-eight ball lined up on it into said druggie's headpiece. Forgot the name, but it was the shit!
agentsmith- September 29, 2011 at 11:15 am
Jones was right not to trust Seagal... he is a former CIA agent, donchaknow.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 29, 2011 at 11:10 am
We don't agree on much but I agree on that.
skeletor- September 29, 2011 at 11:09 am
@RwilsonR - Perhaps maybe you are unaware of little documentary that came out in in 1992 it was called Under Siege and it was about this man. He single handily saved an entire US battleship from terrorists. Now you tell me if wrestling or BJJ would have been as effective in that situation.
RwilsonR- September 29, 2011 at 11:00 am
Rogan is awesome! So is Judo Gene. And I'm tired of this bullshit about how Seagal should be respected because he is 7th Dan in Aikido. He might as well be 7th Dan in Tai Chi or tiddlywinks for all I care. None of it is very fucking useful. And I'm sure some TMA douche will tell me how ignorant I am, and how demonstrations of fat old Japanese guys in oversized gi's using circular motion to throw guys who run directly at them and purposely jump into these flips and wrist locks is incredibly applicable to fighting, but I think it is BS. How many successful fighters in MMA come from an Aikido background? Does Aikido maybe have one or two applicable moves to a real fight? Probably. But they also likely aren't unique to Aikido, and most of what I've seen is bullshit.
El Guapo- September 29, 2011 at 10:48 am
If Seagal can coach Sugar'Shad to a victory over Bones, I'm a believer. Which will... You know.
ArmFarmer- September 29, 2011 at 10:21 am
I love listening to Joe Rogan talk about anything, it's always awesome.
skeletor- September 29, 2011 at 10:08 am
@RSparrow - I think only the most naive people in the world believe the Glimmer Man actually improved anybodies game. These people would include Jon Jones apparently.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am
Meh... I can see Jones reasoning behind it all.

Sidenote: Rogan is hilarious.
RSparrow- September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am
I wish everyone would stop giving Seagal so much fucking attention! He loves it, acts like he knows more than everyone, and is slowly being part of mainstream conversation. Trying to get in people locker rooms... get the fuck outtttaa here!. Go do your other shit or get in the cage and fight another old man. All these interviews with him and about him are pathetic.
LOKI- September 29, 2011 at 9:49 am
You have made an enemy of the Mojo Priest this day mr. Jones. How does he have your number? The spirits gave it to him, and he's gonna give it to Lyoto who is apparently already living in your psyche rent-free. suck!