BJ Penn: Rory MacDonald Pulled Out Of Our Fight Because He Knew He Couldn't Win"I know the reason why Rory MacDonald pulled out on September 22nd. The cut is a detail but I know the reason why he pulled out is because he knew he wasn't gonna win. If he let that cut heal, tried to train, whatever it was, whether he should have been in shape already... I've never heard of a guy pulling out of a fight 10 weeks early from a cut. Never in my life have I heard of a guy, 10 weeks before a fight, he got cut, he pulled out. You know what I mean? He feels he has to to what's best for him, for his team, they're gonna do that, but it's 100 percent fact that the reason why they pulled out is because they knew they were gonna lose on September 22nd. If not, you wouldn't pull out, you would go. Like I said, I had a cut on my eye, 13 stitches inside and out five weeks before the Diaz fight. Didn't care. Opened up from eight weeks every week all the way up to the fifth week before the Diaz fight but did I ever think about pulling out? Not even once."
Just like he does in the Octagon, former UFC two weight champion BJ "The Prodigy" Penn pulls no punches when speaking about the withdrawl of Rory "Ares" MacDonald from the original September 22nd, UFC 152 bout the two were supposed to have.
The young prospect withdrew from the fight after suffering a nasty cut over his eye, requiring 38 stitches, and leaving him unable to spar in training. This holds no water with the 33 year old Hawaiian however, who reveals (via Sherdog) that he has been in similar situations and managed to push through.
The two men will still collide, with the bout rescheduled for UFC on FOX 5, which goes down December 8th, 2012. The two men will also make history, as they will both be sponsored and regularly drug tested by VADA (voluntary anti-doping agency), which is the first time any UFC fighters have agreed to that level of drug testing.
Published by Lee Rabey - Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:44