According to MacDonald's manager Lex McMahon,
talks are underway of having MacDonald vs. Penn headline UFC on FOX 5 on Dec.
"I've been in communication with B.J.'s camp and UFC," McMahon said, "the
idea of fighting on the FOX card has been part of these discussions. Our
position is that Rory will fight B.J. as soon as he is healed and had a
reasonable period to train.
"The possibility of headlining the FOX card
in December is attractive as it provides a great platform to showcase the return
of B.J. Penn, one of our sport's icons, as well as to introduce the mainstream
fans to one of brightest young stars in the form of Rory. At this juncture
nothing has been agreed upon, but needless to say Rory and his team would
welcome the opportunity to fight B.J. Penn on FOX as the main event."
Nate Quarry mentioned the possibility of the 170-pound fight taking place at
UFC on FOX 5 on Thursday's episode of "MMA Uncensored Live."
past week, Penn suggested having the fight on Oct. 13 in Rio de Janeiro, while
MacDonald asked for Nov. 17 in Montreal, however, McMahon said he was told those
cards are full (as far as the top fights are concerned), which would leave
either the FOX card or UFC 155 on Dec. 29 as the only options to host the fight
A venue for UFC on FOX 5 has yet to be officially announced by
the promotion. MacDonald pulled out of the fight last week due to a cut
sustained in training.