Yesterday afternoon on MMAFighting.com’s “The MMA Hour”, one of the UFC’s top welterweight fighters, Rory MacDonald took to the airwaves to call out an MMA Legend.
In his interview with host, Ariel Helwani, the Canadian based fighter proclaimed, “Right now I feel there’s a guy that I want to fight before he leaves the sport and that’s B.J. Penn… He’s a legend and I think it’d be a really good matchup for me to have that fight in Toronto.”
For the past several weeks we have seen the likes of Gilbert Melendez, Josh Koscheck and Anthony Pettis all try to make a fight happen with the retired two-division champion. However, even after numerous call outs, Penn has stuck to his guns and opted to stay out of active competition.
BJ Penn last saw action in October of 2011 where he lost a decision to top welterweight contender Nick Diaz after a three round battle. It was after this fight that Penn retired in the Octagon leaving many onlookers at a loss for words.
The media has latched on to the story of Penn’s possible return for months. After countless attempts to get a handle on the story of Penn’s return to action they have all been met with the same response and BJ’s desire to stay in retirement has not changed since that night in Las Vegas following the UFC 137 main event, “RETIRED”.
Rory MacDonald is a young stud. At 22 years-old the Tri-Star based fighter has but one defeat in his entire professional fighting career. That one blemish hit him in the form of current interim champion, Carlos Condit, at UFC 115 in June of 2010 when he was taken out via TKO with just seven-seconds left in the third round of action.
Since his lone defeat MacDonald has successfully strung together three straight wins, the most recent two via stoppage. Following the Condit loss Rory resurged against Nate Diaz at UFC 129 in a dominant performance that sent the younger Diaz brother packing back down to the lightweight division.
He then went on to take out Mike Pyle at UFC 133 in the very first round of action via aggressive ground and pound. After the Pyle fight the young talent took it to British import Che Mills at UFC 145 where he earned another stoppage victory using his brutal assaulting ground and pound in the second frame of action.
But does the young Canadian provide the perfect challenge and test to bring “The Prodigy” out of retirement and into Canadian territory to make his triumphant return to action?
Hop to page 2 and get BJ’s response to the Rory MacDonald Proposal.