Top UFC 152 fight officially off
Due to injury.
According to MMAJunkie.com, UFC president Dana White revealed that Rory MacDonald suffered a bad cut during training, preventing him from facing BJ Penn at UFC 152 next month.
MacDonald (13-1) vs. Penn (12-7-2) was one of the marquee pay-per-view matchups for the UFC's return to Toronto on September 22 at the Air Canada Centre.
"Rory's out. He got cut open today. Wide open – 38, 48 stitches, something like that," White said to MMAJunkie.com. "No contact for a month. (The fight is) off. I found out tonight, halfway through the show."
It is unknown at this time whether the fight will be rescheduled or if Penn will have a new opponent at UFC 152. Considering Penn came out of retirement to specifically fight the top Canadian prospect MacDonald, don't count on the latter just yet.
The UFC 154 PPV taking place November in Montreal could potentially be when and where the match will be rescheduled.
Prior to MacDonald's injury, he and his opponent reportedly agreed to Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug testing, independent of the province's athletic commission. It is unknown if they will seek VADA testing should they be rematch, as of press time.
UFC 152 is currently headlined by the flyweight championship bout of Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson and a potential middleweight title eliminator of Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping.
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