A cut suffered in training has forced Rory MacDonald to pull out of his UFC 152 fight against B.J. Penn. UFC president Dana White announced the news following UFC on FOX 4 on Saturday night.
White said he found out the news during the Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera fight and had yet to talk to Penn about what he wanted to do next.
"Rory sustained an injury during sparring resulting in a significant gash above his right eye," MacDonald's manager Lex McMahon told MMAFighting.com. "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."
White said he was unsure whether Penn would remain on the Sept. 22 card in Toronto, however, if MacDonald gets his wish, the UFC will save Penn for UFC 154 in Montreal on Nov. 17.
"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 Nov. 17th in Montreal," McMahon said.
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"It's up to B.J.," White said regarding what Penn will do next. "B.J. is going to be very opinionated on what he wants and how he wants it to happen."
Penn tweeted that he would like to fight MacDonald at UFC 153 in Rio.