Monday, October 25, 2021

BJ Penn Says Rory MacDonald Knew He Was Going To Lose

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Former UFC Champ BJ Penn isn't pleased with Rory MacDonald pulling out of their UFC 151 bout due to a cut with 10 weeks to go before fight night.

Penn talked to Sherdog.com about MacDonald's decision earlier this week:

“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. “

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