While it’s not a done deal yet, signs are starting to point towards a UFC on Fox 5 slot for the welterweight showdown between B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald.

The new date for the fight was first mentioned by Spike TV analyst Nate Quarry during a broadcast of MMA Uncensored Live on Thursday.

Penn and MacDonald were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 152 in Toronto, but the young Canadian suffered a serious cut over his right eye while in training that required 38 stitches, and will keep him out of training for at least the next month.

Following the fight’s cancellation, McDonald mentioned possibly facing Penn at UFC 154 in Montreal, while the Hawaiian favored UFC 153 in Brazil in October.

Due to the nature of the cut and the healing time that will keep MacDonald from any kind of contact for at least the next 4 to 6 weeks, an October date was out of the question.

Now it appears the two sides are negotiating with UFC officials for a potential showdown at UFC on Fox 5 currently set to take place on Dec 8.

Talks are currently ongoing between the two sides, but UFC officials have yet to confirm that the fight will actually take place on the UFC on Fox 5 card.

Sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that both fighters are in agreement in principle to move the fight to the December date, although separate indications coming from the Penn camp are that the former lightweight and welterweight champion was hoping for an earlier return to action.

Penn is currently training in his home state of Hawaii alongside Strikeforce lightweights Josh Thomson and Pat Healy, who traveled there to work with the former champion.

There is no indication at this time how soon or how far away the fight is from actually becoming a done deal, but all signs are pointing towards the match-up moving to the proposed December date.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Penn vs. MacDonald and the UFC on Fox 5 card as it becomes available.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Marc Ratner headed to International Boxing Hall of Fame

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner has witnessed countless big fights, both in the boxing ring and in the Octagon. He will be front and center Saturday when he is inducted into the read news >>

Fight Night Ottawa Video: Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson – Ready for the Shot

  • 13 days ago
  • 788 views

In the main event at Fight Night Ottawa, contending welterweights Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson battle for what they hope to be a future title shot. read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video: Georges St-Pierre Previews Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson

  • 12 days ago
  • 77 views

Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre gives his thoughts on fighters - Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson before their headlining fight in Ottawa on June 18. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 89: Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson, a Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 11 days ago
  • 85 views

The UFC is back in action this weekend with an elite-level welterweight showdown leading the charge. No. 2-ranked welterweight* Rory MacDonald (18-3) meets No. 3-ranked Stephen Thompson (12-1) in a f read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video: Rory MacDonald – Warrior Code

  • 10 days ago
  • 48 views

UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald discusses what fuels the fight addiction he's had since childhood. Hint: It's not trash talk. read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Will Brooks Signs with UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at TUF 23 Finale

  • 10 days ago
  • 28 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has inked a deal with the UFC. read news >>

'The Kick Heard 'Round the World' Williams-Coleman fight headed to UFC Hall in 2016

  • 10 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC announced that the classic 1998 fight between Pete Williams and Mark Coleman will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Fight Wing’ and serve as the final induction of the 2016 class. read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Video: Stephen Thompson – ‘Here I Am’

  • 9 days ago
  • 90 views

Stephen Thompson predicts that his battle with Rory MacDonald in the main event at Fight Night Ottawa on Saturday will be a war. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 89 Bout Could Shape Futures of Steven Thompson, Rory MacDonald

  • 9 days ago
  • 23 views

There is certainly no shortage of intrigue surrounding Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 89 main event. For starters, the winner of this bout between Steven “Wonderboy” Thompson and Rory MacDonald would be read news >>

UFC Fight Night Ottawa Weigh-in Results: Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson Official for Saturday’s Main Event

  • 8 days ago
  • 12 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship takes their Octagon to Ottawa, Canada for the first time on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson at TD Place Arena. read news >>