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Steven Seagal Gets His Hooks Into Ricco Rodriguez Too

(This dude’s Marked for Death…)

Count Ricco Rodriguez as one of the growing number of fighters under the hypnotizing spell of Steven Seagal.

In a recent interview the beleaguered former UFC heavyweight champion did with Bleacher Report, Rodriguez detailed his first meeting with the “Hard to Kill” 7th Dan Aikido master.

“I’ve always been a fan of Steven Seagal’s. I’ve always admired his acting skills and even as I got older and started chasing some of my own personal goals. Because when I was a kid, I watched the Bruce Lee movies and going to Japan, living in Japan and training at the Takada dojo, traveling to Brazil, there was somewhat a similar situation to me and Seagal. So, getting to meet a person such as him, if I can explain to you how phenomenal his energy was, I can’t explain it unless you were because you just feel how motivating he is and how presentable he is. He’s a phenomenal person and a great guy.”

It didn’t take Rodriguez long to follow in the footsteps of other fighters like Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida become a believer.

“He moves like a cat and when he was demonstrating a couple of moves you could feel his power and his energy. I was like ‘yeah, I’m going to pay attention’, because he was moving me around like a lightweight and you can have your opinion, but the truth is Anderson Silva gives thanks and praise to Steven Seagal. You have to be respectful to him and mixed martial arts is exactly what it is, mixed martial arts. It’s many different styles, many different forms, many different philosophies, in conjunction with all these different styles you can be a better athlete. You have to be respectful to the older martial artist.”

Well, I guess it’s safe to say that Ricco Rodriguez is probably going to win back his UFC strap now. RIP UFC heavyweight division. “Suave” has put your asses on notice that he’s Out for Justice.

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SnackDaddy- July 2, 2011 at 9:51 am
"I’ve always admired his acting skills"

Fuck me...
DARKHORSE06- July 2, 2011 at 7:18 am
What's Eric Roberts doing? Why aren't the Brazilians flocking to him too?
inverted triangle poke- July 2, 2011 at 2:44 am
Am I gonna be the first to call it? Steven Seagal has a following in MMA. The name of this band of warriors? Flock of Seagals!
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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm
@towelie I've been calling for Chuck Norris v Seagal for years...would be hilarious....and by calling for I mean drunkenly yelling to my buddies
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Steven Seagal gave the gift of Jiu Jitsu to the Gracies....true story
Nealio- July 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Rumor has it that the guy's in Greg Jackson's camp are studying the mysterious ways of the ninja as outlined at
towelie- July 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm
can we get a Royce Gracie vs. Steven Seagal fight for UFC Rio with the old rules and obviously open weight class? Make it happen DW.


Chuck Norris vs. Steven Seagal with same setup. That would be EPIC!
AceCondor- July 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Now if Ricco could only put down the cheeseburgers.
Fried Taco- July 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
Looks to me like Ricco has been training the helicopter kick with Jean Claude Van Damme.
Barnaby Jones- July 1, 2011 at 11:46 am
Why is he a joke? Because he made million after million in a cheesy movie genre? He obviously knows what he's doing, whether you want to admit it or not. He never claimed thy in an mma match he could beat anybody. All he's doing is contributing in the way he can. So far it's proven to break teeth and orbital bones.
The_Dead_Cow- July 1, 2011 at 11:38 am
Look guys. The Seagal shit wasn't funny the first time it was done. So it's definitely not funny the 2nd,3rd,4th,5th, or 6th time. Give it a rest. The guy is a joke, always has, always will.
Jugger- July 1, 2011 at 11:27 am
I think the HW strap is Out of Reach as Ricco made the Executive Decision to cut to 205. Cain and JDS can chill out. Jones better watch though. LHW division is officially Under Siege.
macreadysshack- July 1, 2011 at 11:08 am
So what if Gene Labell choked him out. You don't study fighting and go your whole life without getting your ass kicked.
macreadysshack- July 1, 2011 at 11:07 am
Haha, this is so cool. I, for one, believe these guys. C'mon, some of you other dudes on here must have been amazed by some other guy's energy and ability to generate power. It's something that you doesn't translate on film or photo, you have to feel it . . . C'mon, somebody . . .? *crickets chirping*
k-onda- July 1, 2011 at 11:02 am
This is gonna be like the Manson Family of MMA - which is radical cause those dudes totally fucked some folks up. You know this guy has them hypnotized from how Suave is praising his "acting" chops. Look, I'm one of those who really have no problem saying Seagal is a great martial artist and possibly even coach, but actor? Please Ricco, just, come on now.
pussynotafighta- July 1, 2011 at 10:57 am
Gene lebell choke out segal twice, made him poop his pants. I last pooped my pants when I was about 8 yrs old.......that time a few weeks ago when I farted and there was a little pit of poo doesn't count as I got confused.
mDino- July 1, 2011 at 10:54 am
i love how in seagal movies he always has a stupid name like Harlon or Orin Boyd, and constantly has black companions in which he gives props to.
pietaster- July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am
pietaster- July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am
Can Segal really do damage like that if its not choreographed? Some of those moves are pretty brutal! You wouldn't even have a chance to tap.
Stak40- July 1, 2011 at 10:29 am
Fuck Chuck Norris!!
Horsepower- July 1, 2011 at 10:24 am
This is just getting silly now. If seagal were smart hed just open his own gym and let these tards come to him.