It seems neither man will get his way. Following Rory Macdonald’s severe cut, the bout was side-lined. MacDonald was quick to request the post-poned fight in his home country in Nov., while B.J. Penn called for a fight in Brazil. Instead UFC execs have targeted the match-up for UFC on Fox 5 on December 8th, 2012. At this time no city has been chosen, but the UFC could verify that the bout ill once again serve as a co-main event to an undecided headliner bout.
Penn and Macdonald have had much controversy coming into what may soon become a grudge match. Penn was called out of retirement by the up and comer, from which Penn then persuaded MacDonald to prove he was a ‘clean fighter’ by agreeing to random drug testing in the build-up through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
MacDonald has been on a tear in the Octagon, running through his last three opponents and receiving the praise of training partner and current champ Georges St-Pierre.
Penn may be coming off a loss to Nick Diaz back in 2011, but the fact that he is a former lightweight and welterweight champ is enough to say that the bout could arguably be a contender match or at least enough to set the winner in a contender bout.
UFC on Fox 5 will headline champ Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz and also co-headline Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson. Expect one more fight to be added to the main event broadcast.