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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