At UFC 182, Daniel Cormier comes into the main event against the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion as a slight underdog. However, he may have a trick up his sleeve that will put him over against Jones — Sensei Steven Seagal.
At the end of a 35-minute interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, Cormier revealed that Seagal had text him to tell him he has ‘some stuff’ to go over prior to Saturday night.
“I received a text message on our plans that got backed up — I was supposed to train with Master Seagal tonight,” Cormier said to Helwani. “But his flight got changed because the private plane he was flying on had got moved to tomorrow. So he will be in tomorrow and he said he’s got some stuff he wants to show me, that he believes will work against Jon Jones.
“He wants to be here to support me in my cause.”
This won’t be the first time Cormier has trained with the legendary martial artist.
“I did once at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. I went to his hotel room and he showed me some holds that were pretty effective. I can honestly say that I’ve used them.
“This was July; two years ago.”
Cormier has heard stories about Jones and Seagal in the past as well.
“I don’t know where this stems from, but I’ve heard stories that Jon Jones was very disrespectful to the Master at some point. So he’s willing to help me.”
We shall see this Saturday night at UFC 182, whether or not Seagal will make a difference in the outcome of Jones vs. Cormier.
Watch the full 35-minute interview HERE.