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    Default Rory MacDonald wants to fight BJ Penn

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    Rory MacDonald is usually the quiet type, but with the UFC welterweight division currently a jumbled mess with little clarity, the rising prospect isn't waiting around to see what might be next for him. Instead, when it comes to his next opponent, he has a request, and a very specific one.

    "Right now I feel thereís a guy that I want to fight before he leaves the sport and thatís B.J. Penn," he said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "Thatís a guy I really want to fight. I respect him a lot. Heís a legend and I think itíd be a really good matchup for me to have that fight in Toronto."

    MacDonald made sure to note this was a respectful request and not a "call out" of a future Hall of Famer.

    Penn has been on the shelf since losing to Nick Diaz last October at UFC 137. Afterward, he said he would retire rather than fight again, but in recent weeks, he's backtracked on that, most recently saying on a May 29 episode of UFC Tonight that he was "warming up to the idea" of a comeback.

    The only caveat Penn gave was that a return wouldn't come in the "next couple of months."

    The Toronto event is scheduled for September 22, so would offer him over three-and-a-half months to prepare. MacDonald said he had no idea about Penn's mind set about returning around that time, but that it's a fight he's wanted for a long time so decided to make his feelings known about it.

    "I think itíd be a great opportunity," he said. "Iíd love the opportunity to fight a guy Iíve looked up to for a long time and watched since Iíve been a young kid, so weíll see if he accepts."

    MacDonald said that he has already brought up the possibility to UFC brass, but only in passing.

    "Iím throwing the idea out there," he said. "If heíd like to do it, Iím more than ready to accept."

    MacDonald (13-1) said the other pairing on his must list is a rematch with current interim champion Carlos Condit. The two first faced off in June 2010, with Condit winning via a third-round comeback TKO after MacDonald had won the first two frames. But because he knows Condit is waiting for current champ Georges St-Pierre to return, he's aware that the rematch has no chance of happening right now.

    So instead, he looked elsewhere around the division and settled on the one name that struck him the most: Penn.

    "It's more of the idea that he may be retiring, so how many opportunities am l going to get to fight a guy like BJ after heís gone?" he said. "I think it'd be a great fight. I know Iím going to fight all these guys in the top 10 eventually. Iím a young guy and these guys are going to be around for a long time and I know Iím going to get my shot against all these guys, and maybe Iíll be missing my opportunity if I wait too long with B.J."

    MacDonald, who said he's currently walking around between 195 and 200 pounds in between fights, reiterated a belief that he'll eventually move up to middleweight somewhere down the line, but that's far off in the future. For now there are much more immediate concerns, and that's his next fight.

    He's hopeful of fighting twice more in 2012, but more hopeful of fighting the legendary "Prodigy" before it's too late.

    "It's definitely not an easy fight," he said. "I definitely think Iíll win. Iím very confident in myself, but B.J.'s a very dangerous fighter. If you take him lightly, youíre in for a very bad night. Iíll be at my very best if that fight happens."

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    *chortle* Oh man, all he has to do take BJ Penn down for the first two rounds, and then go to town on him for the other rounds.

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    I don't think that would be a good fight for BJ but it would be a good win for McDonald that kid is a beast.
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    BJ won't take this fight. He has no need to.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if BJ waits until after GSP comes back to action. If GSP defends the belt, BJ moves back to 155. If GSP loses it, BJ will fight at 170.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPD View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if BJ waits until after GSP comes back to action. If GSP defends the belt, BJ moves back to 155. If GSP loses it, BJ will fight at 170.
    I don't think he does anything for a while. I think he's fine chilling like Matt Serra, fighting whenever he feels like it.

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    Definitely a bad matchup for Penn. It's hard to imagine Penn getting another shot at the welterweight title. The UFC should put him in superfights like his match with Hughes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPD View Post
    BJ won't take this fight. He has no need to.
    Yeah I agree I don't think BJ is gonna fight anyone without a big name.
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    That wouldn't even be competitive. McDonald would smash him and is exactly the type of fighter which can perfectly exploit BJ's lack of size, strength and dedication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Definitely a bad matchup for Penn. It's hard to imagine Penn getting another shot at the welterweight title. The UFC should put him in superfights like his match with Hughes.
    I agree.

    Rory did eat a few nasty shots from his most recent opponent before he put him on the ground, and BJ has the combination of technique and power to make Rory pay for that. I suppose there is the outside chance that BJ Penn does to Rory what he most recently did to Matt Hughes.

    But mostly I see Rory putting BJ Penn down, then trying to position for ground and pound while BJ Penn squirms his way back to his feet before eating any devastating damage. This goes on for at least two rounds until BJ get too damn tired and ends up getting held down long enough to be put away by the ground and pound.

    In any fight that gets past the 2 minute mark, 3 times out of 5 I figure Rory wins a decision, and the rest of the time he gets a gnp finished.

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