Steven Seagal

Curitiba, Brazil – Anderson Silva fired Steven Seagal, the Aikido black belt who helped him prepare for several title defenses over the last three years.

“I had hoped this day would never come,” Silva said through an interpreter. “Sensei Steven is a good man, but it is time for me to look for a new early 1990s martial arts movie star to work my corner.”

The move comes on the heels of Silva’s second straight loss to Chris Weidman and a debilitating leg break requiring surgery.

“Perhaps if Sensei Steven had taught me proper kicking technique,” Silva said, “I wouldn’t be on these crutches.”

Seagal prepared Silva for victories over Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, and Stephan Bonnar, overseeing his training, conditioning, nutrition, and camera readiness.

He is widely credited for teaching both Silva and Lyoto Machida the Aikido front kick technique they used to knock out Belfort and Randy Couture, respectively–a claim Silva disputes.

“I was actually trying to throw a roundhouse against Belfort,” Silva said, “but I slipped on the mat and got lucky.”

Not everyone close to Silva agrees with his decision.

“Nobody knows how to prepare for a fight like Steven Seagal,” Seagal said.

Rumors of a rift between the two have been circulating since September, when Silva began publicaly distancing himself from Seagal.

“Anderson stopped listening to Master Seagal,” Seagal said. “He thought he had it all figured it out, but he forgot the man who got him there in the first place: 7th Dan international movie star and winner of a PETA humanitarian award Steven Seagal.”

There is no official word on whether a specific replacement is lined up, but sources close to Silva said that the former middleweight champ has been in talks with Jeff Speakman, star of the 1991 blockbuster “The Perfect Weapon.”

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