38 Stitches Later And Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn Not Happening at UFC 152

UFC welterweight, Rory MacDonald has been forced out of his UFC 152 co-main event bout with former two-division champion, BJ Penn after suffering a significant gash to his head during training this week.

UFC President, Dana White revealed the news at the UFC on FOX 4 post-fight press conference, explaining the cut above his eyebrow was sustained while sparring, and required 38 stitches and the Canadian will be unable to train for the next month. The former champion is calling for the bout to be moved to UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, while the youngster is thinking UFC 154 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

MacDonald is on a three-fight winning streak after defeating Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle and Che Mills, all in impressive fashion. His sole loss came against Carlos Condit at UFC 115, losing via TKO with just seconds left after dominating the first two rounds.

MacDonald’s manager Lex McMahon, revealed the extent of the injury in an interview with Ariel Helwani:

“Rory sustained an injury during sparring resulting in a significant gash above his right eye,” McMahon said. “Rory immediately saw a doctor who administered 38 stitches. The significance and location of the would would make it impossible for Rory to train for a sustained period.”

MacDonald would like to simply postpone their fight, but that will depend on how long Penn is willing to wait out of action. In comments on his own personal site, Penn revealed he’d be willing to keep the fight together for UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro.

“I am sorry to hear about the injury to Rory, this is a fight that got me out of retirement and one that I was looking forward to,” Penn said. “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!”

However, because the cut will not allow him to train for some time, MacDonald is targeting his return for UFC 154 in Montreal, and McMahon hopes Penn is willing to hold out a little longer to keep the fight.

Said McMahon, “We have notified the UFC that Rory will be ready to fight in November and requested that if it works for the UFC, and BJ will agree, that Rory would love to fight BJ on November 17th in Montreal.”

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