So just to be clear here , you believe that being able to do a good looking technique on a compliant opponent or in the air makes somebody a better fighter than somebody that wins fights at the highest level?
For the record I dont rate Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, in the 80s/90s we would have barely known their names.
As an Aikidoka as far as I can see he is/was decent so I have respect for his achievement and past commitment to training in that martial art.
Also as an actor I loved his early movies, Nico, Hard to Kill , Marked for Death, Above the law all were awesome at the time.
I think you are getting confused with the fact that he talks allot of bollox so people call him an idiot and lose respect for him generally.
Also combined with the fact that he now looks like an Elvis impersonator ordered from wish.com .
Who cares what actors think of each others fighting ability or martial artist status?
Balanced movement is one of the things I gained from the art. One of the few things relative to the number of tools in my mediocre toolbox. In my opinion, most applications of aikido are honed best as a supplement to combat arts. Judo comes to mind.
Seagal apparently came out worse in altercations with Gene LeBell and Donn Draeger back in the day.
Then later on, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bob Wall got (separately) sick of his running mouth and wanted to fight him, but Seagal wanted none of it. Maybe it’s all just scuttlebutt, but take it as you will. I found this site because of that thread btw (first post). Just been watching some old Seagal films recently.