One thing’s for certain, BJ Penn (Pictured) and Rory MacDonald are hellbent on still fighting each other. After it was revealed MacDonald was forced out of their UFC 152 bout in Toronto with a nasty gash above his right eye, the Canadian asked Penn to postpone their scrap two months until November rolls around – likely when the Octagon returns up north for UFC 154 so he can still enjoy home cage advantage.
However, while Penn wishes “Ares” a fast and full recovery, he would prefer for their tango to go down in neutral territory at UFC 153 in Brazil. Furthermore, just because their bout is delayed, the former multi-divisional champion challenges the skyrocketing superstar to remain in the VADA program they both initially agreed to.
“I am sorry to hear about the injury to @rory_MacDonald, this is a fight that got me out of retirement and one that I was looking forward to. I would like to wish Rory a speedy and healthy recovery and request a postponement of our fight to the Rio card. To Rory, let’s stay with VADA and continue through with the program from now until we fight!” Penn tweeted.
“@Rory_MacDonald, 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.”
Rory, it’s your move.
Penn abruptly called it quits after dropping a convincing unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October. The Hawaiian holds a 16-8-2 professional mark and is the only fighter in UFC history to don the welterweight and lightweight titles.
MacDonald owns a practically perfect 13-1 record. The 23-year-old’s lone blemish come against now-current interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit at UFC 115.
UFC 153 takes place inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, while UFC 154 goes down November 17th in Montreal’s Bell Centre.