On last week’s Bum Rush epsiode, we ragged on Quinton Jackson for training with actor/stuntman/fighter Lance Gibson, whose 4-5 MMA career includes appearances in the UFC, SuperBrawl, and Shooto, and whose theatrical credits include "Bouncer," "Security Guard," and "Doorman." Of course, Jackson’s upcoming UFC 123 opponent is Lyoto Machida, a serious martial artist. That’s why, like Anderson Silva before him, Machida is taking aikido lessons from Steven Seagal. Nope, we see nothing worth mocking here whatsoever.
It’s hard to pick a favorite moment from this Brazilian TV segment, but the sequence from 1:22-1:28 when Seagal is bombing out on Machida with throat-strikes is simply too much to watch with a straight face. I also like the "whip-like" backhands at 2:34, and the upkick-catch-into-standing-heel-hook that begins at 3:37. Would any of that shit ever work in a real MMA fight? We’ll never know until Strikeforce signs the Lawman as Dave Bautista‘s first opponent. (Which is a legitimately good idea, by the way, even if Seagal would surely insist on competing in that all-black ninja getup, rather than take his shirt off.)
If you watch to the end, you’ll also learn that Seagal isn’t a huge fan of wrestling: "Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re wrestling with anyone. Ever. You’re cutting, with your punches, you’re cutting and you’re puncturing…you don’t want [clinches with Machida]…no want. Don’t waste your time. Get rid of him." And then he puts Machida in one more wrist-lock, because that’s what this man does.