Trainer: MacDonald's 'Ali shuffle' a technique, not showboating


Rory MacDonald was dominant in his UFC on FOX 5 win over B.J. Penn, but he drew the ire of some fans for doing a shuffle in the cage that was apparently seen as a taunt.

“I can’t believe people perceived it that way,” Zahabi told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “It makes no sense to me because the shuffle is a technique. It’s a way to draw your opponent’s attention. Rory did the technique three or four times, and he followed it up with a superman punch. It’s exactly what we drilled. He was trained to do that. He was not just doing it to showboat. He was doing it to execute a strike.”

Although MacDonald and Penn traded words before the bout, Zahabi insisted that his fighter respected the former lightweight and welterweight champion. In fact, Zahabi was worried MacDonald might even respect Penn too much.

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dermotfix site profile image  

12/14/12 1:30 AM by dermotfix

^Captain Canada

Jbarr83 site profile image  

12/14/12 12:11 AM by Jbarr83

Both gsp and makdessi have done it in the past. Its probably a common thing at tristar

Mike Russell site profile image  

12/13/12 9:41 PM by Mike Russell

Anyone who calls the Walcott shuffle (Ali got it from Jersey Joe) showboating doesn't understand boxing.  

digitdigit site profile image  

12/13/12 9:14 PM by digitdigit

I bet he wouldn't of done that "technique" if he was getting his ass handed to him.

Bon Jones Bones site profile image  

12/13/12 8:47 PM by Bon Jones Bones

Running out of the cage after beating Hughes?

ausgepicht site profile image  

12/13/12 8:47 PM by ausgepicht

Exactly. #commonsense

MJM1912 site profile image  

12/13/12 8:46 PM by MJM1912


theGunt site profile image  

12/13/12 8:44 PM by theGunt

Interesting. Rory said same thing at post fight presser. Seems the UG knows more than coach and fighter though.

Foos site profile image  

12/13/12 8:38 PM by Foos

Good for you.When Rory does the shuffle he's thinking "I tried this with success in the gym, I'll see if it works here"