UFC president Dana White reported Saturday night that Rory MacDonald suffered a cut above his eyebrow that will force the welterweight out of his UFC 152 scrap against BJ Penn. For those of you who live by the If-there’s-no-photo-then-it-didn’t-happen mentality, MacDonald posted a picture of his gash to set the conspiracy theorists at ease.
“2day i was cut at sparring i needed 3 layers of stitching In total i needed 38 stitches Im very sad right now that i will not be healed in time to fight sept 22,” MacDonald tweeted accompanied with the above picture. “I am hoping that @bjpenndotcom will agree to have the fight on a later date in november.”
MacDonald was slotted to welcome Penn back from retirement in front of his hometown peeps in Toronto. It appears the Canadian would still like to enjoy home cage advantage by meeting the Hawaiian when the Octagon returns up north for UFC 154 on November 17th.
Given that Penn cut his retirement short to face the up-and-coming superstar, he’ll likely concede to MacDonald’s request. Furthermore, considering some less than flattering pictures of Penn were recently posted on the UFC’s Facebook page, several additional weeks to fine-tune his physique could go a long way.
UFC 154 takes place inside Bell Centre in Montreal. MacDonald’s TriStar training partner and reigning welterweight king, Georges St-Pierre, is slated to headline the show opposite interim champ Carlos Condit.