The welterweight clash between the quick rising Rory MacDonald and the UFC legend BJ Penn will not be happening at next month’s UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. As last night’s UFC on FOX 4 main event was getting set to start, UFC President Dana White learned that MacDonald had suffered a major cut above his right eye during training and would not be medically cleared to fight on September 22nd.
“2day I was cut at sparring I needed 3 layers of stitching in total I needed 38 stitches I’m very sad right now that I will not be healed in time to fight sep. 22,” tweeted Rory MacDonald.
White would let the cat out of the bag during the post fight press conference, following the fourth UFC event to air on FOX.
Penn had retired after his decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 last year but MacDonald got the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion out of retirement. Their bout was to be the middle bout on the UFC 152 main card which is headlined by the first ever UFC flyweight title fight.
Later in the night the Official BJ Penn (@bjpenndotcom) twitter account had this to say:
“I am sorry to hear about the injury to @rory_MacDonald, this is a fight that got me out of retirement and one that I was looking forward to. I would like to wish Rory a speedy and healthy recovery and request a postponement of our fight to the Rio card.”
Nothing has been made official yet but all signs point to BJ Penn waiting for Rory MacDonald to heal and the two fighting at a later date this year. Penn brought up the Rio card as a possible date but with it being only three weeks after UFC 152, expect him to meet Rory MacDonald in November in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at UFC 154.