It was announced last Saturday by UFC President Dana White following UFC on Fox 4 that MacDonald was indeed unable to compete due to injury. MacDonald on the other hand, confirmed the decision and his injuries via Twitter.
UFC 152 will be held at Air Canada Center in Toronto on September 22. This UFC edition will be headlined by an impressive flyweight bout between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. To date, there is still no replacement for MacDonald announced by UFC officials.
Rory “Ares” MacDonald is a Kelowna, British Colombia native with a terrific 13 wins and only one loss record. He stands an impressive height of 5’11” for just 23 years old. His fight with B.J. Penn was supposed to be the fourth win he was looking for after having three consecutive wins from Che Mills, Mike Pyle and Nate Diaz. He has managed to defeat Mills and Pyle through technical knockout through hard punches under 2 rounds making him one of the most elusive fighters to beat. His only loss was with Carlos Condit at UFC 115 – Liddell vs. Franklin in June 2010 via technical knockout. Fans were hoping for another spectacular TKO bout but were surprised an injury spoiled the fight.
His opponent B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn is from Hilo, Hawaii. He is ten years older than MacDonald and has 16 wins and 8 losses to his name. His last match was a loss to Nick Diaz at the UFC 137 via unanimous decision and his last win was way back in November 2010 over Matt Hughes at UFC 123. Penn has not competed after the bout with Nick Diaz when announced that he will retire. This was after a bloody loss in the hands of the fighter. But Penn’s all star victories are also too many to mention; he has defeated Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, twice with Matt Hughes, Renzo Garcie, Caol Uno and many more.
Announcements for Rory MacDonald’s replacement will surely be at hand next week as another player will face Penn for this amazing fight. Surely, UFC 152 will still be a fight to look forward to in September.