Rory MacDonald Sustains Cut in Training, Is out of UFC 152 Matchup with BJ Penn

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2012

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory MacDonald celebrates beating Chad Mills in a welterweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. MacDonald won the bout by technical knock out. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

I am not going to sugarcoat this one folks: this sucks!

In what was one of the year's most anticipated bouts, Rory MacDonald is now out of his matchup with UFC legend BJ Penn due to a large cut sustained in training.  

Per Yahoo! Sports (via MMAWeekly):

Young prospect Rory MacDonald suffered a major cut in training that has forced him out of his scheduled fight at UFC 152 against B.J. Penn.

UFC president Dana White revealed the news to after the conclusion of UFC on Fox 4 on Saturday night.

White stated that MacDonald's cut was so bad that he will have no contact for the next month, pushing him out of the scheduled fight with Penn in September.

The cut was on MacDonald's forehead and required more than 40 stitches to close.

Being so close to the event's Sept. 22 date, it is unclear as of right now whether a replacement fighter will step in to face Penn or whether the bout will be canceled altogether.  

Penn has mentioned that MacDonald was the perfect fighter to bring him out of retirement, so it is unlikely he will be motivated to continue with the young Canadian now out of action.  

Another strong card takes a big hit with this one, folks, and injuries prevail again.  

How does this one stack up to other recent injury-riddled matchups? Let me know in a comment, and we will discuss your thoughts! 

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