Who is the MMA fighter that beat Steven Seagal in a real fight?

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Steven Seagal was born on April 10, 1952, in Lansing, Michigan, United States. He is an American actor, screenwriter and martial artist. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, he began his adult life as a martial arts instructor in Japan and ran the dojo his father-in-law founded. Spending about fifteen years he returned to the United States to become an invincible martial art hero in Hollywood. Today we shall discuss the real life fight by Steven Seagal.

Enigmatic Steven Seagal

The hero lies in the heart of Seagal long before he really acts in Hollywood. He commenced his martial arts training at the age of seven under the tutelage of well-known Karate instructor and author Fumio Demura. 

In the 1960s, he commenced his Aikido training in Orange County, California, under the instruction of Harry Ishisaka.

He moved to Japan at some point between 1971 and 1973. 

The enigmatic Steven Seagal  lived in Japan for a long period of 15 years, speaking the language, studied the martial arts and became a master of Aikido. He learnt the core inside the Japanese martial art. He successfully ran the Japanese martial arts establishment as few outsiders had ever done. 

Steven Seagal met Miyako Fujitani, the daughter of an aikido instructor. She was also an Aikido Martial Artist. With Fujitani, Seagal had a son, actor and model Kentaro Seagal, and a daughter, writer and actress Ayako Fujitani. Seagal grew impatient and left Miyako to return to the United States. Despite the fact that Seagal was a born martial artist he never participated in any competition. He never practised fighting in real life. The mystery is he was quite a master of Aikido and successfully ran the dojo in Japan for a long time. Still, he was something else. He is even more than an Aikido master. There was something at the back of his mind. He was made not to fight in a limited cage, rather he had the opportunity to make believe by fighting with the help of a camera. He is an invincible hero in the movies displaying the techniques of martial arts and the benefit of “Suspension of disbelief”.

Steven Seagal in real fight

The screen fighter Steven Seagal had a confrontation with Gene LeBell that Seagal was immune to chokes because of his extensive martial arts training. LeBell took the challenge and placed his arms around Seagal’s neck  and once Seagal said “go”.  LeBell proceeded to choke him, causing Seagal unconscious, with losing control of his bowels. The LeBell story is legend, as a simple choke put a master Aikido into sleep who woke up with the pants excreted. The incident took place in 1991, when LeBell was working as a stunt coordinator on the Aikido documentary “Out for Justice”. 

The deceased LeBell (October 9, 1932 – August 9, 2022) was an American martial artist, stunt performer, actor, and professional wrestler. His nickname “The Godfather of Grappling”. He popularised grappling in professional fighting circles, serving as a predecessor to modern Mixed Martial Arts. There have been confusion on purpose regarding the altercation, fight, and Seagal’s helplessness. It is absolutely natural that Seagal would have denied the fact. But when LeBell was asked by 

Award-winning MMA journalist Ariel Helwani to confirm or deny the Steven Seagal’s trousers thing episode, he confirmed the fact, saying the thirty stuntmen and cameramen as witnesses of the altercation between Seagal and him, and the choke and its consequences.

Seagal's Denials Overturned

There are more and more claims that the story about Steven is true. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey refuted Seagal’s claims that it was purely a fiction and that LeBell was senile. She had been training with LeBell when she angrily said, “Well, would you ever admit it? Obviously, the guy is a liar… If he says anything bad about Gene to my face, I would have to make him crap his pants a second time.”

Gene LeBell was the only man Seagal contested. Seagal was allegedly accused of misconduct with other stuntmen. LeBell told  the story more than once. Besides, the 

Contemporary sport experts strongly believe that the account LeBell gave about Steven is absolutely true.

Steven Seagal is also widely  criticised for his role, joining hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has recently been awarded the Order of Friendship, a state decoration, for his so-called humanitarian and cultural work. Some people say he is arrogant, some people say he is a good guy. Actually, he is enigmatic. Steven Seagal was a master of a specific martial art who can teach how to fight, but cannot endure as much as a fighter can. 


Despite the astounding accomplishments in the Hollywood film industry Steven Seagal was beaten by Gene LeBell’s choke. The former lost consciousness for a while with losing control of his bowel movement. MMA fighter LeBell was the person the Hollywood movie martial art fighting hero succumbed to in real life fight.

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