Canadian welterweight prospect Rory
MacDonald has suffered a large cut in training and will be
unable to compete as expected against B.J. Penn at
UFC President Dana White announced the news following UFC
on Fox 4 on Saturday night, and MacDonald confirmed the
development via Twitter.
MacDonald got a nasty cut.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and
will be headlined by a flyweight title showdown between Demetrious
Johnson and Joseph
Benavidez. No replacement for MacDonald was announced.
MacDonald has won three consecutive bouts since dropping his
sophomore UFC effort to Carlos
Condit in a competitive contest more than two years ago at UFC
115. MacDonald went on to dominate the always game Nate Diaz and
veteran Mike Pyle
before doing the same to former Cage Rage British welterweight
Mills in his most recent outing this past April at UFC 145.
Meanwhile, Penn has not competed since announcing his retirement
following a bloody, hard-fought loss at the hands of Nick Diaz last
October. Prior to the defeat, the former two-division champion
fought highly regarded welterweight John Fitch to a majority draw
at UFC 127. The 33-year-old holds notable victories over Diego
Florian, Matt Hughes
(twice), Renzo Gracie
Uno, among others.