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

UFC on Fox 21 Free Fight: Carlos Condit Takes Out Rory MacDonald in Epic Battle

  • a day ago
  • 17 views

Carlos Condit won a sensational fight against Rory MacDonald at UFC 115 with one of the latest finishes in UFC history. Condit fights Demian Maia on Saturday. read news >>

UFC Declines to Match Offer, Rory MacDonald Likely Headed to Bellator

  • a day ago
  • 60 views

Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald appears to be headed to Bellator MMA. read news >>

UFC FIGHT PASS signs worldwide live-event deal with TKO MMA

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC FIGHT PASS announced a worldwide deal with president of TALION Sports Entertainment Inc., and former TKO MMA promoter, Stephane Patry to add the newly resurrected Canadian mixed martial arts prom read news >>

UFC 202 Free Fight: Nate Diaz Defeats Michael Johnson

  • 13 days ago
  • 19 views

Watch as Nate Diaz earned a decision victory against Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 in December 2015. read news >>

UFC 202 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC on Fox 21

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC 202 is in the books. The results are as follows, per Bleacher Report's Craig Amos: UFC 202 Main Card Conor McGregor def. Nate Diaz, majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47) Anthony Johnson def. Gl read news >>

UFC on Fox 21 Road to the Octagon Video: Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia

  • 3 days ago
  • 24 views

In the thrilling five-round UFC on FOX 21 main event, Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit returns to the Octagon to face BJJ ace Demian Maia. read news >>

UFC on Fox 21 Road to the Octagon Video: Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira

  • 3 days ago
  • 15 views

The UFC on Fox 21 co-main event features former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis making his featherweight debut against aggressive finisher Charles Oliveira. read news >>

UFC on Fox 21 Road to the Octagon Video: Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings

  • 3 days ago
  • 17 views

In a third electrifying matchup, strawweights Paige VanZant and Bec Rawlings prepare to battle in a pivotal bout for both contenders. read news >>

UFC on FOX 21 Bout Cancelled

  • 3 days ago
  • 179 views

A UFC on FOX 21 bout scheduled for this weekend in Vancouver has been cancelled. read news >>

UFC on Fox 21 Primer: Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 2 days ago
  • 9 views

On the heels of UFC 202 the leader in mixed martial arts heads to Vancouver, British Columbia for a welterweight showdown between two of the top contenders at 170 pounds. No. 4 contender Demian Maia read news >>