On Saturday night, Lyoto Machida landed a spectacular "Danielson" front kick to Randy Couture's jaw that dislodged a molar and sent Couture into retirement. Just as Anderson Silva did in February, when he knocked out Vitor Belfor with a similar kick, Machida credited Steven Seagal for helping him perfect the technique:
"I train this kick a lot. I've had it in my arsenal, and I just had to wait for the right moment to pull the trigger and utilize it. The technique itself [Silva and I have] both known for a long time. But I definitely think Steven Seagal being involved and influencing us and helping us perfect the kick definitely made a difference....[Seagal] always reinforced that to me – to try that kick. 'That kick will land, and it will work.' I definitely give credit to him for helping me perfect that kick."
Keep in mind that this statement is coming from a man who drinks his own piss during training, but it does raise a fair question: Just what in hell is going on here? Like some puffy leather-clad trickster in Amber Vision, Seagal has been oft-spotted lurking in the corner of both Machida and Silva, and not just at fights. It would be easy to dismiss Seagal's presence as a publicity stunt, especially when you consider that the kick is more or less something that you learn as a karate white belt, but both fighters have been quick to acknowledge Seagal's help.