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 152.

MacDonald got a nasty cut.

UFC President Dana White announced the news following UFC on Fox 4 on Saturday night, and MacDonald confirmed the development via Twitter.

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 champ Che 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 Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Matt Hughes (twice), Renzo Gracie and Caol Uno, among others.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jessica Penne learned what she was made of in loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk

  • 2 days ago

In her last trip to the octagon, Jessica Penne suffered a brutal, blood-soaked TKO loss at the hands of champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC Fight Night 69. Penne feels she learned a lot from the loss, ho read news >>

Rory MacDonald Willing to Fight Anyone at Welterweight or Middleweight

  • 21 days ago

Top-ranked UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald believes his next opponent will be Hector Lombard, but is willing to fight anyone in the welterweight or middleweight divisions. read news >>

Vitor Belfort Video: Defends Controversial UFC 152 Drug Tests, Talks Dan Henderson

  • 24 days ago

Vitor Belfort discusses the controversial drug tests surrounding UFC 152, his upcoming trilogy bout with Dan Henderson, and his recent meeting with Dr. Ben Carson. read news >>

Rory MacDonald Believes 19-Year-Old UFC Newcomer Sage Northcutt Has Bright Future

  • 27 days ago

Nineteen-year-old Sage Northcutt wowed UFC president Dana White when the promotion’s executive attended Legacy Fighting Championship 42 over the summer. read news >>

Rory MacDonald confident GSP can still hang with best, suggests title wouldn't be priority

  • 28 days ago

Rory MacDonald is adamant he doesn't know if Georges St-Pierre will commit to a return to the octagon. What MacDonald does know, however, is that should St-Pierre ever decide to end his hiatus and ma read news >>