UFC on Fox 5 fight card primer: B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents their UFC on Fox 5 fight card primer, previewing all the action at UFC on Fox 5 this Saturday. Here, we look at B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald.

In one of the big fights at UFC on Fox 5, former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight champion B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA; 12-7-2 UFC) faces Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA; 4-1 UFC). This is the second of four main card bouts on the Fox broadcast. UFC on Fox 5 airs this Saturday night, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

This is the first of two fights to feature the young lions vs. veteran format. On the veteran side you've got B.J. Penn, a true legend of the sport who debuted 11 years ago at UFC 31. He's also fighting for the first time in over a year here. Representing the new generation is Canadian Rory MacDonald, who is quickly rising up the UFC ranks. With the Welterweight title picture in a bit of a logjam, the winner here might not find himself immediately in the hunt, but this is about more than just title shots.

How do these two stack up?

Penn: 33 years old | 5'9" | 70" reach
MacDonald: 23 years old | 6'0" | 76.5" reach

What have these two done recently?

Penn: L - Nick Diaz (UD) | D - Jon Fitch (Maj. Draw) | W - Matt Hughes (KO)
MacDonald: W - Che Mills (TKO) | W - Mike Pyle (TKO) | W - Nate Diaz (UD)

How did these two get here?

"The Prodigy" B.J. Penn is an easy Hall of Fame fighter, with an incredible list of accomplishments. He's also just 1-3-1 in the last 3 years. The former champion made a return to Welterweight in 2010, but was stopped in his run to a title shot by Nick Diaz. After that fight, he retired from MMA, though it lasted only a year. He says he's in great shape, and it seems MacDonald may have lit a fire under the veteran.

More on UFC on Fox 5

Rory MacDonald has been receiving huge praise for the past few years. He's had dominating wins, with his only loss coming in a close fight against Carlos Condit. But he has not yet had a big, career making win, as his last few opponents have not been major names. The Tristar Gym trainee is in a tough spot thanks to his relationship with champion GSP, but it's clear he has a very bright future ahead of him.

Why should you care?

Veteran vs. up and comer sells me every time. This is a huge fight, reminiscent in many ways to Penn vs. GSP I back in 2006. That was great - this should be too.

More UFC on Fox 5 preview content from Bloody Elbow:

UFC on Fox 5 staff picks and predictions - Tim Burke

Dissection: B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald - Dallas Winston

Dissection: Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick - Dallas Winston

Dissection: FX prelims - Dallas Winston

Dissection: Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert Facebook prelim - Dallas Winston

Tim Means out of Fox card after falling in sauna - Mookie Alexander

Dana White: Shogun vs. Gustafsson for #1 contender - Chris Hall

Video: UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference - Tim Burke

Video: A Portrait of B.J. Penn mini-documentary - Anton Tabuena

Video: MMA Tete-A-Tete Nate & Eugene talk BJ, Shogun, Rory, Gus, more - Nate Wilcox

Edgar picks Diaz to win against Henderson - Anton Tabuena

Culinary Union asks Fox to pull Stephens - Chris Hall

UFC on Fox 5 betting lines - Tim Burke

Will Penn and Shogun Fall at UFC on Fox 5? - Fraser Coffeen

Video: Dallas and Nate preview UFC on Fox 5 - Nate Wilcox

Video: Rory MacDonald wants to 'annihilate' B.J. Penn - Chris Hall

Video: UFC on Fox 5 Road to the Octagon full video - Mookie Alexander

Will Nate Diaz face the spotlight? - Nate Wilcox

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