A Rose by Any Other Name is Still a Kick to the Face
On Saturday night, UFC Midleweight champ Anderson Silva delivered a front kick to the face of Vitor Belfort that led to unconsciousness.
Shortly there after, it was disclosed that none other than action star and 7th degree Aikido black belt Steven Seagal was working on that kick with the champ. Very odd.
In an interview, Steven Seagal says he taught the kick to Silva. It’s difficult to believe an accomplished fighter like Silva had never come across a front kick. Hell, you think you’d be able to come up with it on your own at some point. Maybe Steven Seagal helped refine Anderson Silva’s technique a bit, but its still the same front kick I learned 22 years ago, when it was called “Front Kick to the Face”.
What’s more strange than Mr. Seagal’s inventing a basic technique, some fans are wondering what the kick should be named. What’s wrong with “Front Kick to the Face”? It wasn’t a new strike.
Maybe it’s the pro wrestling fans coming over and wanting everyone to have signature moves with it’ own name. Would Shawn Michaels executing a stepping side kick have been as cool if it weren’t called “Sweet Chin Music”? That’s fine for wrestling, but MMA is mixed martial arts. The techniques already have names.
The other explanation might be because this is the first time a fight has been finished with that kick, it can’t be that kick. It MUST be a new thing that deserves it’s own name. This is stupid too.
Still, I’m willing to give Seagal some credit. One of the most beloved legends of MMA, Bas Rutten isn’t as kind.