With Rory MacDonald out of UFC 152, BJ Penn has two options. He could wait for Rory to recover and then fight him. Or, he could take a new opponent. BJ has already spoken on BJPenn.com saying that he wants to be removed from the UFC 152 card on September 22nd and will wait to take on Rory.
It was announced that Rory suffered a cut over his right eye in training camp that required 40 stitches. He’s said it may take up to two months for him to return.
In an interesting turn of events, UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada has started his own Twitter campaign to get Penn to fight him instead. He tweeted that he would be a better fight for BJ than Rory is and that he’d challenge Penn a lot more than Rory could.
@bjpenndotcom since Rory is out, you would make a dream come true if u’d take my fight. I’m not a bigger name than Rory yet, but..
— Siyar The Great (@SiyarTheGreat) August 5, 2012
(2/2) I promise u i’m a better & tougher fight. I admire ur warrior spirit & don’t take this as disrespect. From 1 real fighter to another! — Siyar The Great (@SiyarTheGreat) August 5, 2012
His next tweets stepped up the campaign to the next level, saying he was not interested in taking any money for the fight and that he’d be willing to complete the VADA testing. Siyar also said he’d donate his entire fight purse to charity just to get a crack at Penn.
— Siyar The Great (@SiyarTheGreat) August 6, 2012
It’s uncertain what will happen with the MacDonald vs Penn fight. BJ Penn called out Rory on Twitter yesterday for having backed out of the fight, stated his wound should have healed by then and that he should be ready to fight come September.
— BJ PENN (@bjpenndotcom) August 5, 2012
BJ Penn also stated on his website that he received news that Rory’s camp wants the fight pushed back nearly two-full months in order to give the young Canadian time to properly heal, which isn’t ideal for Penn.
UFC 152 is set to take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. A flyweight championship bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will headline the card.