Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference at UFC on FX 3 that the highly anticipated welterweight fight will in fact happen and will likely serve as the co-main event for the card.
“We’re going to do it,” White stated when asked by a reporter of the details of the fight.
Dana White and Joe Silva are apparently set to talk with both men on Friday to finalize the bout.
MacDonald called Penn out on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour.
“Right now I feel there’s a guy that I want to fight before he leaves the sport, and that’s B.J. Penn,” MacDonald said on the MMAFighting.com show. “That’s a guy I really want to fight. I respect him a lot. He’s a legend, and I think it’d be a really good matchup for me to have that fight in Toronto.”
Penn later responded to the challenge on Twitter, accepting the fight.
This will be a tough test for both fighters.
MacDonald is currently riding a three-fight win streak and stands as a carbon copy of training partner, Georges St. Pierre and will look to impose similar tactics on Penn.
Penn is coming off of his UFC 137 fight with Nick Diaz and will look for a big win to either revitalize a career or leave the UFC for good riding into the sunset on a huge win.
Either way look for two fantastic fighters who are hungry for a win come September in a fight that will make or break the careers of two great welterweights.