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12/13/12 10:40 AM
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Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Firas-Zahabi-Rory-MacDonald-Was-Not-Showboating-Against-BJ-Penn-48199


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.

“That was a big concern that [MacDonald] would be a deer stuck in the headlights because you’re fighting a guy who’s got such an aura about him,” Zahabi said. “It happened to Georges [St. Pierre] the first time he fought Matt Hughes. Rory knew not to fall for that, just to fight him like he’s anybody else and not to show too much respect in terms of fighting, but we made sure to show him all the respect in the world in terms of a fighter who paved the way. He paved the way for many great fighters.”

Penn showed his heart in going the 15-minute distance, but MacDonald was in control throughout before capturing a unanimous decision. On the feet, he battered the Hawaiian with elbows and vicious body shots.

“I really think you have to take away the boxing from B.J.,” Zahabi said. “If you don’t take away his boxing, you’re dead. You’re dead in the water because taking him down and holding him down is not an easy thing to do. Rory has different tools than Georges St. Pierre. We had to use a different strategy for him, and definitely the elbows, I really feel, is what turned the tide.”

Now MacDonald appears headed for a rematch against Carlos Condit in March at UFC 158. Condit won the first encounter in June 2010, but he had to rally to get the win. Zahabi expects the matchup to be one of the best fights of 2013.

“For sure [Condit is] going to bring new things to the table, but the time is a little short for that,” Zahabi said. “I think he’s going to have to do what he’s good at doing now. The backbone of his game is going to have to be the same, I think, and I think Rory’s going to be extremely ready for that.”
12/13/12 10:45 AM
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Firas defending his pupil. Mind bottled.

 

If he was "doing it to execute a strike" how come he didn't throw any strikes after doing it the other times? How about the hands down taunting, was that just a technique as well?

 

Why don't these guys just embrace it? It is a technique, a mental one that is taunting to envoke a reaction. Embrace it. It worked well.

12/13/12 10:48 AM
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He wasn't taunting when he put his arms down. He was just resting them after hitting B.J. with so many punches.

12/13/12 10:51 AM
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Get out of here with that nonsense excuse Fireass -

12/13/12 11:02 AM
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I don't think showboating means what Firas thinks it mean
12/13/12 11:49 AM
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rory was showboating a bit, but this is just frias trying to back his guy up from all the heat he's been getting

12/13/12 12:00 PM
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i saw him do the same shuffle in training too on one of the pre fight shows, not sure which. but who knows.
12/13/12 12:04 PM
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I don't know how else you could perceive it, seems weird they're trying to deny it so much. He blatantly did it, just go with it. Rory said he doesn't care about what we think anyways. Phone Post
12/13/12 12:04 PM
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12/13/12 12:39 PM
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I'm guessing Rory's feet were itchy. No showboating here, folks. Phone Post
12/13/12 12:54 PM
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He did throw superman punch after. Don't think he connected tho.
I was distracted by it. Phone Post
12/13/12 12:57 PM
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UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA - 

Firas defending his pupil. Mind bottled.

 

If he was "doing it to execute a strike" how come he didn't throw any strikes after doing it the other times? How about the hands down taunting, was that just a technique as well?

 

Why don't these guys just embrace it? It is a technique, a mental one that is taunting to envoke a reaction. Embrace it. It worked well.


It's a feint, if the guy doesn't react the way you need him to why would you then execute the followup technique?
12/13/12 12:59 PM
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Firas is a funny guy.
12/13/12 1:00 PM
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Starting to dislike the tristar camp. Phone Post
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Even if he was, who gives a shit, it's not like BJ was always respectful of his opponents, but I guess the BJ fans were blinded because their faces were planted up on his nuts while hugging too hard.
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I'd much prefer the statement, "Fuck yes he was showboating! We felt that BJ had been a dick leading up to the fight and wanted to make him pay for it. Besides, if BJ didn't like it, well, he had 15 minutes to do something about it."

But then, no one says the entire truth anymore :-) Phone Post
12/13/12 1:07 PM
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ManWithTheIronFists - Even if he was, who gives a shit, it's not like BJ was always respectful of his opponents, but I guess the BJ fans were blinded because their faces were planted up on his nuts while hugging too hard.

When was BJ disrespectful in the octagon?

12/13/12 1:11 PM
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le -  Starting to dislike the tristar camp. Phone Post

I agree, those Canadians are becoming too talented.
12/13/12 1:15 PM
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le -  Starting to dislike the tristar camp. Phone Post

I agree, those Canadians are becoming too talented.
Not really. Phone Post
12/13/12 1:26 PM
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bruised -  I'd much prefer the statement, "Fuck yes he was showboating! We felt that BJ had been a dick leading up to the fight and wanted to make him pay for it. Besides, if BJ didn't like it, well, he had 15 minutes to do something about it."

But then, no one says the entire truth anymore :-) Phone Post

This.

 

Embrace "the heel persona" or don't.  This is ridiculous.

12/13/12 1:36 PM
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I think what they are saying is it wasn't meant in disrespect. It had a purpose a d it was a part of the gameplan. Rory did it on the countdown show.

What's funny is how upset everyone is getting over it. My goodness some of you have some beaches in your vaginas! Phone Post
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ManWithTheIronFists - Even if he was, who gives a shit, it's not like BJ was always respectful of his opponents, but I guess the BJ fans were blinded because their faces were planted up on his nuts while hugging too hard.

When was BJ disrespectful in the octagon?

Liking blood off his gloves. Holding a choke after a tap. Kissing an opponent after subbing them.

Just a few examples off the top of my head. Phone Post
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likatiga: yes he was

Honestly, denying it is one thing but claiming he can't believe people saw it as showboating is just disrespectful to the fans. Phone Post
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Standup29 -  I think what they are saying is it wasn't meant in disrespect. It had a purpose a d it was a part of the gameplan. Rory did it on the countdown show.

What's funny is how upset everyone is getting over it. My goodness some of you have some beaches in your vaginas! Phone Post

oh, facts?  get them out of here.  a bunch of BJ fans took it as disrespect, so even if you have video proof of Rory training this move and it had a purpose, it was still meant as disrespect!  now take those silly facts and shove them up your ass!  

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Who gives a shit if he was showboating? I sure don't.

Besides that there are videos of Rory training and he does the foot shuffle to sparring partners. It's definitely something he does regularly. Phone Post

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