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UFC on FOX 5 gets Henderson-Diaz title fight, Gustafsson-Rua, Penn-MacDonald
August 15, 2012 (07:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
Ultimate Fighting Championship's lightweight title will be defended on network television.
USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com confirmed with UFC officials that current lightweight champion Benson Henderson will face Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5, which takes place Dec. 8 at a host site that has yet to be determined.
A light-heavyweight matchup between former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Alexander Gustafsson will serve as the night's co-feature, and a rebooked B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald lightweight fight also is set.
Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn targeted for UFC on FOX 5 co-headliner
August 10, 2012 (20:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
The recently scratched fight between Rory MacDonald and B.J. Penn may still take place this year.
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with sources close to the event that UFC officials are targeting the bout for December's UFC on FOX 5 event. Additionally, a source said it would serve as a co-main event, not the night's main event.
TV host Nate Quarry first reported the potential date on Thursday's new edition of Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live."
Ask the Fight Doc: Thoughts on UFC 152's MacDonald-Penn cancellation?
August 07, 2012 (14:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
Rory MacDonald and UFC 152 opponent B.J. Penn were set to make MMA history when they recently became the first fighters to volunteer for Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) drug testing.
However, MacDonald recently pulled out of the event due to a deep eyebrow gash suffered in training.
In our latest installment of "Ask the Fight Doc," MMAjunkie.com medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin discusses the unfortunate turn of events and predicts when we could see MacDonald back in the cage.
After fight postponement, Rory MacDonald wants B.J. Penn at UFC 154; Penn wants 153
August 06, 2012 (14:30) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
Dana White slipped in a bombshell announcement during a "scrum" with reporters after Saturday's post-event news conference in Los Angeles.
While answering a question about B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald agreeing to pre-fight drug testing through the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), White dropped the surprise, saying, "It's not going to happen -Rory's out."
MacDonald brought Penn out of retirement for the fight, which was scheduled for Sept. 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto. But the next battle apparently will be for when and where the fight is rebooked.
Training cut forces Rory MacDonald out of UFC 152 fight against B.J. Penn
August 05, 2012 (06:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
LOS ANGELES -A major cut suffered in training that required several stitches will keep Rory MacDonald from a highly anticipated welterweight fight against B.J. Penn at UFC 152 next month.
UFC President Dana White on Saturday told MMAjunkie.com of the injury following Saturday's post-event news conference for UFC on FOX 4, which took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
MacDonald and Penn had been booked for the main card of UFC 152, which is set for Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
UFC boss says B.J. Penn a UFC Hall of Famer but could have been among greatest ever
August 03, 2012 (04:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
LOS ANGELES - According to UFC president Dana White, former dual-division champion B.J. Penn will one day be in the UFC Hall of Fame.
"I love B.J.," White on Thursday said. "B.J. has been a huge star for us for a long time. I think B.J. could be up in there in the talks of 'Who is the greatest of all-time.'"
But that doesn't mean he thinks "The Prodigy" has fully delivered on his potential as a mixed martial artist. The two share a long, contentious past about the topic.
Penn and MacDonald to VADA? 'VADA, WADA, badda, nada,' says UFC boss White
August 03, 2012 (02:15) [ Indexed from MMAjunkie
UFC president Dana White said he won't stand in the way of B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald's enrollment with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
Despite the fact that a positive pre-event drug test could cast a cloud over their fight at UFC 152, White said the decision was "their business."
"B.J. wants to go drug test every friggin' two days, good for him," White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com. "Knock yourself out."
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