And here I thought it was all just about technique from MacD or that's what Zahabi said http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Fir...-BJ-Penn-48199:
“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.”
Rory's ali shuffle needs much work.
Firas Zahabi lying up a storm again.
This is the sport we watch. If you want to talk trash you can but your opponent can "run up the score" as much as he wants. BJ has talked plenty of trash on other people so he knows how it works. At the end of the day, you can settle whatever talk, weigh in shoves, or anything else inside that cage.
I think MacDonald is going to win, but I hope that Ellenberger knocks him out cold.
This twat needs to be humbled a little bit.
Survival is Triumph Enough
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