There was disappointing news at last night’s UFC On FOX event when Dana White revealed that Rory MacDonald had suffered a serious cut in training that would keep him out of his fight with BJ Penn at UFC 152 next month.
White said he’d leave it up to Penn to decide whether he wanted to stay on the card or fight MacDonald at a later date, and the Hawaiian did take to Twitter last night to say that he was keen on the latter option.
“I am sorry to hear about the injury to @rory_MacDonald, this is a fight that got me out of retirement and one that I was looking forward to. I would like to wish Rory a speedy and healthy recovery and request a postponement of our fight to the Rio card. To Rory, let’s stay with VADA and continue through with the program from now until we fight!”
The Rio card, AKA UFC 153, takes place on October 13th, giving MacDonald an additional three weeks to heal from his injury.
MacDonald also offered up his opinion, asking for the fight to be postponed for a further month after that.
“2day i was cut at sparring i needed 3 layers of stitching In total i needed 38 stitches Im very sad right now that i willl not be healed in time to fight sept 22 i am hoping that @bjpenndotcom will agree to have the fight on a later date in November.”
A November date would likely leave the fight on the UFC 154 card currently headlined by MacDonald’s team-mate GSP.
I think MacDonald probably could make the UFC 153 show in October, but I suspect the UFC will be favoring the November card instead since MacDonald is a rising star in Canada where that event will take place, and also the Rio line-up is already looking very strong so UFC 154 would benefit more from an extra high-profile fight.