The Seattle crowd at the Key Arena was electric with anticipation of the fight that most MMA fans declared to be the best match-up of the card. The return of a legend seeking to revitalize his already amazing career, and the greatest test put before a ferocious young competitor from MMA’s new breed of talent. What could have been a main event on it’s own, UFC on FOX 5’s 2nd bout pitted BJ Penn against Rory MacDonald in what was guaranteed to be a scrap.
With both combatants in the cage, Rory MacDonald looks like a man on a mission, looking to plant a flag amongst the great’s in the division, “The Prodigy” locked on to his opponent like an advance missile targeting system. The crowd in Seattle and the millions watching on FOX were about to witness warriors in action. They touch gloves, and it begins.
The round opens with clinch work, back and forth pummeling for position. Rory lands a left hook to the body, and throws a few leg kicks. Rory fakes low and goes high with a kick. Rory controls distance and BJ cant seem to find range. BJ lands an over hand right and shoots for a take down, Rory back up and back to the clinch game. They break and MacDonald brings a barrage of attacks, faking and landing short elbows. BJ lands and clean right hand, and the round ends back in the clinch.
The second round begins and Rory attacks the legs and switches to the head quickly. BJ comes back with clean one-two combo. Rory keeps control with kicks, landing in high volume keeping Penn on the cage. BJ lands a solid right and starts to snake the jab, but Rory stays relentless and forwards his attack. Rory hurts BJ against the cage and lands devastating body shots. BJ is hurt and takes a shin to the chin as Rory goes from high to low, but with the heart of a lion he defends and tries to push forward. After a few more exchanges and the round ends.
The third opens with BJ pushing forward and going for a take down, he almost completes it and they are back on their feet. They clinch back up and it gets broken up by Herb Dean. Rory keeps landing combo’s, and trips attempting a spinning heel kick. After more exchanges, Rory begins to taunt BJ and land more impressive combinations. BJ being a game opponent, stays in there like a champion, taking shots from the bigger stronger MacDonald. The round ends, and they go to decision.
In the end it was the size and power of Rory MacDonald that overwhelmed Penn. With a varied attack and lot’s of fakes, combined with size and strength gave Rory the edge in the entire fight. The judges score the fight 30-26, 30-36, and 30-27 in favor of MacDonald. While talking with Joe Rogan, Rory says he looked up to “The Prodigy” when he was coming up, and calls out Carlos Condit.
BJ stayed in there with a very dominant looking Rory MacDonald, and they went toe-to-toe for all three rounds. Rory makes his mark, and shows why he is elite in the welterweight division, while BJ reminds us all why we love to see him compete, his heart and un-willingness to quit.
For official results from the entire UFC on FOX 5 card click here.
Stay tuned to BJPENN.com for more on the fight, and BJ’s future in MMA.Tags: "bj Penn", mma, MMA NEWS, Rory MacDonald, ufc, ufc news, UFC on FOX, ufc on fox 5