Rising star Rory MacDonald will take on future Hall of Famer B.J. Penn at UFC 152, and apparently it wasn't his idea. He famously called out Penn on The MMA Hour, and Penn responded by surprisingly accepting the bout. MacDonald told MMAFrenzy that he was encouraged by the UFC to call Penn out:
"The UFC had expressed interest in seeing Penn & I fight," admitted MacDonald in an interview with MMAFrenzy. "At the time I had no idea that BJ was considering coming out of retirement. So I thought I would jump at the chance to fight him."
He believes that an exciting win would push him into the top five at 170:
"I believe that this sport is performance based," MacDonald explained. "If BJ and I go out there and put on a boring fight no one will want to see me fight the other top guys currently in the spotlight. On the flip side I can put on an exciting, technical fight and walk away victorious then it puts me in the mix and in the top five of the welterweight division."
He also discussed how teammate and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre might help him with the bout, since he has faced (and defeated) Penn twice:
"When it comes to fighting I can only rely on myself," MacDonald said. "Of course Georges can give me pointers and tips, but in the end it’s my fight and not his."
Right now it looks like the bout will be the co-main event in Toronto on September 22nd, and that's pretty damn good co-main. I personally can't wait for this fight.