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Demian Maia says don’t believe the hype about Steven Seagal and Anderson Silva

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(Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports)

Somewhere along the way in Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida's careers, action star Steven Seagal hitched himself to their star. He started showing up in their corners, taking credit for their success, and wearing shooting glasses to every event. Silva and Machida each earned a knockout with a front kick. Each time, Seagal said he taught the fighters the kick, and the fighters backed him up.

After knocking out Vitor Belfort with the front kick at UFC 126, Silva credited Seagal.

"Steven Seagal helped me perfect that kick. That was a kick we were working on before I stepped in," Silva said through a translator at the post-fight press conference. "This was a kick that I trained a lot."

Machida used a similar move to knock out Randy Couture at UFC 129, and again, Seagal was given the credit.

"The technique itself, [Machida and Anderson Silva] have both known for a long time, but definitely thinks Steve Seagal being involved and influencing us and helping us perfect the kick, definitely made a difference," Machida said through his translator Ed Soares after his fight against Couture.

But Brazilian fighter Demian Maia, who lost to Silva at UFC 112, thinks his fellow Brazilians are spinning a story about Seagal. He told Yahoo! Sports Brazil, translated by BJPenn.com, that Seagal has no role in Silva's success.

"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."

You mean to tell me the star of "Above the Law," "Hard to Kill," "Under Siege" and "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" could be putting on an act? You don't say.

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