UFC on FOX 5: Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn Rumored as Co-Main Event

Cody GuinnContributor IIIAugust 12, 2012

Oct. 28, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC welterweight fighter B.J. Penn during weigh ins for UFC 137 at the Mandalay Bay event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

While it's still pretty disappointing the fight isn't happening at UFC 152, we'll still get to see a bout between B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald.

As MMAjunkie.com reported on Friday, the Penn-MacDonald matchup will take place on December 5th at UFC on Fox 5.

The major factor many are overlooking is that the report claims Penn and MacDonald will serve as the co-main event. Therefore, the UFC must have a major idea for a main event for the final UFC on Fox of 2012.

Initial reports were that Penn and MacDonald couldn't agree on a fight date. Penn wanted to fight in Brazil at UFC 153 while MacDonald wanted to fight in Canada with teammate Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154, but it turns out neither will happen.

The best thing about this is that now the fight will be featured on national television and free for mostly everyone to see.

Also, one has to wonder what will headline UFC on Fox 5? Possibly the lightweight title fight between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz or Lyoto Machida's Light Heavyweight Championship shot?

December is still a long way off, but details will hopefully emerge soon. Either way, if healthy, we will get treated to B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald on December 5th.