In His Exact Words | Penn Wants MacDonald Fight Booked As Soon As Possible

August 5, 2012 1:33 pm by Pedro Carrasco

With news of the UFC 152 bout cancellation between Rory MacDonald and BJ Penn the world has been left to speculate and wonder when the two top welterweights would enter into a new bout agreement.

Initially it was thought that the UFC and Penn would seek a replacement opponent for the two-division champion’s return from retirement. However, once news broke of the MacDonald injury Penn told BJPENN.COM exclusively that he wants off the UFC 152 card and hopes to get the MacDonald bout postponed to a later date.

Behind the scenes news travels fast and it has to come to my attention that MacDonald and his camp want the fight pushed back nearly two-full months in order to give the young Canadian time to properly heal.

For Penn, who is already weeks into his training camp, two-additional-months is not ideal and for his team, postponing the bout that long seems slightly unreasonable.

With the news of MacDonald’s wishes starting to become clear I asked “The Prodigy” what kind of message he would like to send to his opponent and the MMA community.

With the floor open, BJ was precise and exact with his expectations and wishes from Rory.

He stated…

“Rory, with all due respect you challenged me to come out of retirement and I accepted. Then, you back out of the fight!

Now you want to put our fight off for two-more-months, but this fight should happen as soon as the cut heals. 10-weeks from now is plenty of time. Let’s fight on Oct. 13th, that’s more than reasonable.”

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