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Yes, Steven Seagal is Training My Opponent

11/18/2010 2:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rampage Jackson says he's well aware that the guy he's set to fight on Saturday, Lyoto Machida, has a brand new trainer in his corner -- a trainer who once took down an entire war ship ... and then torpedoed his own career.

Yes, for some reason ... Machida enlisted the services of Steven Seagal -- star of such cinematic classics as, "Hard to Kill," "Out For a Kill, "Driven to Kill" and "Kill Switch."

Footage of Seagal training Machida has surfaced on the web -- which we've titled, "Career Kill."

If you haven't seen it yet ... you're missing out.

FYI -- Rampage is set to take on Seagal's protege at UFC 123 this Saturday night.

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Steven Seagal certainly has the martial arts skill, but he's slow. He always has been. He will take you down, for surek but it's all technical, not UFC-style street-fighting. And I'm not an ageist, but Steven is also getting older, I can't see him bring new mad skilz to training.

This sounds like the WWE-kind-of-stuff, and as such, is a little disappointing.

1384 days ago


Posters talking about Seagal's age, weight, or physical shape are missing the point. Seagal isn't getting ready to fight an MMA championship, he is being a TRAINER! One of the best current boxing trainers, Freddy Roach, has Parkinson's disease and could never fight professionally again, but he trains boxing champions and gives boxing training to MMA champions.

If Seagal's techniques weren't useable in MMA, champion MMA stars like Anderson Silva and Machida wouldn't keep seeking him out to learn them.

MMA champs train with experts in a number of disciplines, to practice things they need to improve their skillsets.

1384 days ago


oooh! Seagal is like the Phil Jackson of Mental Defensive Warfare.

1384 days ago


He still has reflexes like a cat.

1384 days ago


Really The idiot that said Seagal couldnt lift his foot Id like to see you try him and last more than 10 seconds very funny man isnt one person in here that could last a minute with him in the street or ring,,,Dumb a$$

1384 days ago

Cliche Guevara    

Arnie, you say he's making a movie.

Is it a dracula movie by chance? Just saying.

1384 days ago


OK, for the clueless ones ... TMZ *seems* to have heard of champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, who some say is the greatest living.

Here is Manny Pacquiao on the mitts with Freddie Roach, his old trainer with Parkinson's disease who probably couldn't last a round in a ring today:


But this is the man Manny chooses to train with!

1384 days ago

Bill Leslie    

He's training the other guy to eat, right?

1384 days ago


if seagal is training him... all my money is on rampage. seagal is funny... mr martial arts needs a stunt man to do his own fight scenes.

1384 days ago


Steven Seagal scare of the mob.

1384 days ago

Dan da man    

I think Seagal has done most of his training at the buffet table!!

1384 days ago


"Steven Seagal scare of the mob."

Yeah, and it is a funny story behind that, too. Nevertheless, you would be an idiot to not be scared of the mob if they are shaking you down. Also, he helped take down real mobsters as a result of that, so what can you say.

1384 days ago


People love to make jokes about Seagal and dress him down, and he is such an absurd character it really is funny.

Behind his ridiculous ego and movie persona though, the facts stand for themselves. The guy is a genuine martial artist with some impressive credentials. He has been training police and military personnel for a long time in hand to hand combat. As a side to that, he has lead a very interesting life, is a decent musician, and has engaged in a lot of charity work as well as be an asset to his community. It is fun to mock him, but fact is he has lead a good life, probably accomplished everything he ever dreamed, and at an advanced age, out of shape, could still kick some serious ass.

1384 days ago


I guess I wasn't clear on my first comment (comment #1). I know Steven studied in Japan, I was saying that Lyoto should do that. But the distractions with being an actor would take away from his Akido studies. I believe a Japanese master that is fully focused on Akido would be better.

But... I was complimenting Steven on his Akido ability in my first post, not knocking him on it.

1384 days ago


A true martial artist does not back down when challenged by other "experts." Steven Seagal's only true accomplishments are showboating in front of the camera.

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