Demian Maia: Steven Seagal Never Taught Anderson Silva Anything

Although Chris Weidman didn’t fall victim to Anderson Silva’s clowning antics at UFC 162, Demian Maia unfortunately did back at UFC Abu Dhabi in early 2010. Today, news comes that Maia sat down with Yahoo! Esportes to discuss the embattled former champion’s supposed master, Steven Seagal:

“It’s a lie. It’s marketing. Like every actor from Hollywood, when Seagal saw Anderson’s success, he glued himself to him. Seagal’s movie career was down. It worked because he appeared in the media again. Seagal never taught Silva anything… For everyone who knows about it, it’s a joke.”

That’s an interesting slight to take on Silva, who has been under fire recently for everything from fight fixing to showboating, but not necessarily for having Seagal in his camp. Many fans of MMA have definitely questioned the legitimacy of Seagal as an actual martial arts coach preparing Silva for the highest levels of MMA. However, Seagal insists he taught ‘The Spider’ the infamous front kick he used to KO Vitor Belfort in 2011.

It appears that Maia is here to refute the truth of the matter, and in a forceful way. After Silva’s loss to Weidman, many fans began to think Anderson Silva was kind of a joke himself.

Perhaps he did not give the fans what they deserved at UFC 162, but the rematch with Weidman at UFC 168 will tell if Silva still has what it takes to be champion. Will Steven Seagal actually help him accomplish his fighting goals, or is just a continuous ploy for media attention?


  1. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    July 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm


    In Portuguese..Ai!

  2. Avatar of G3ARHEAD


    July 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    These comments from Maia are timely, insightful, and informative. The dynamics of the Silva-Seagal relationship have been keeping me up at night lately.

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    July 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    What, is Brasil the only country to fall for that shat. We all know Segal didn't teach him a dammm thing. We all know it is a marketing ploy. Anyone who believed that has not been subjected to capitalism very long. Mind you I am not cracking on Brasil, I am just saying anyone who thought that crap was real, is dumb. I heard Segal is big there, but I would hope any real fight fan who knows anything, would never have bought that crap.

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    July 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Sensei Seagal himself said that he didn't teach him the move, but helped him "Perfect" it. Anderson-kun is forever in his debt……..*cough*

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I'm a Maia fan, but he should show some respect to the man who saved a US Battleship from terrorists (yeah Tommy Lee Jones, we know you're really a terrorist!), thus making the world a better place.

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks Demian. In other shocking news stories…reality shows are sometimes scripted and the tooth fairy is actually your mom.

    I would have given a lot more credit to Maia for saying this before Silva lost, instead of after.

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    July 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Just think if MMA was around earlier and guys like Jean Claude Van Dam stepped into the ring. Some of those guys had real skill. Even Chuck Norris was a HW kick boxing champ.
    Bruce Lee would have been a LW champ for sure.

    • Avatar of odesahitman


      July 23, 2013 at 6:54 am


      Are you sure that Chuck Norris was a HW Champion??

      • Avatar of Entity


        July 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        lmao, yea Odesa you're correct sir. He was Middle Weight Karate Champion….here ya go guys:::
        By 1967 Norris had improved enough that he scored victories over the likes of Joe Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Arnold Urquidez, Victor Moore, Ron Marchini, and Steve Sanders. In early 1968, Norris suffered the tenth and last loss of his career, losing an upset decision to Louis Delgado. On November 24, 1968, he avenged his defeat to Delgado and by doing so won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years.[9] In 1969, he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt Magazine.

        Norris made history in 1990 when he was the first Westerner in the documented history of Tae Kwon Do to be given the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master.[

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    July 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Either way…
    What in the tar is Silva thinking when he does his walk and he has Segal walking in the group.
    Another one is Usher walking out with the group also…

    What a JOKE…..REALLY…..
    Is that the best people to have around you when your the CHAMP and your walking out of the locker room and out to the Oxtagon to defend your title….

    I personally am glad Silva got his *** knocked out and off his mountain….his showboat antics and disrepect to fighters like against Maia at abudabi was the worst.
    If the other fighter is that BAD…then kick his *** and finish it…..but when you showboat and get your a$% knocked out…many folks are runing qaround saying "he beat himself"……BS

  9. Avatar of Spyridon


    July 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I find it amusing that the entire time Silva was on top, Maia had nothing to say. But now that every one is on the "hating on Silva" bandwagon, he has something to say.

    That means a lot coming from a guy that changed weight classes to avoid the man he's speaking about, as well as the man who is the current champion.

    I guess when you can't take them out when they are top, and you can't take them out when your in a fight, then the best thing you can do is attempt to take them down when they are down outside the fight.

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