Rory MacDonald Doesn’t Care What B.J. Penn Does or Says – “I’m Still Going to Beat His Ass”

November 27, 2012
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Rory MacDonald knew he was in for a serious fight the moment he etched his name on a contract opposite former welterweight champion B.J. Penn.

But it wasn’t just because the two fighters would meet in the Octagon on Dec. 8 as part of the UFC on Fox 5 card. It also had to do with Penn’s approach leading into certain fights where psychological warfare is as dangerous as any jab he throws at an opponent.

Penn doesn’t mind poking and prodding at an opponent to get a response, but MacDonald says he’s not playing into the games.

As he prepares for the fight, MacDonald has heard all the rumors about Penn putting together a star-studded training camp, and how he’s in the best shape he’s been in, in years. None of it matters to MacDonald because he’s going to fight Penn the same regardless of his own training.

“I don’t really care, I just see a body in front of me to tell you the truth. It doesn’t matter if he’s in shape or not. It’s gonna be best for you guys if he’s in shape, cause it will probably be a better fight,” MacDonald said recently at the UFC 154 Q&A.

As legendary a shadow as Penn casts on the sport for his numerous accolades and tremendous talent, MacDonald isn’t going to let the Hawaiian get by on past accomplishments. In the here and now, MacDonald believes he’s vastly superior to Penn in every facet of the game.

“I just think that I’m a better fighter. I’m not really scared to fight him anywhere. He’s obviously very good on the ground, and a good striker; you have to be competent in all areas of mixed martial arts, and I am,” MacDonald said.

“I feel I’m a better striker, a better wrestler and better on the ground as far as MMA jiu-jitsu. Probably not straight jiu-jitsu because we all know what he’s done there, but I feel in a straight mixed martial arts fight, I’m a little more well rounded than he is.”

MacDonald knows Penn can attack at any time, and that goes for outside the cage as well.

No, MacDonald isn’t concerned that Penn is going to jump him on the street, but believes the former champion’s insistence on pre-fight drug testing is just another tactic the former champion is using to get into his head before the fight goes down.

MacDonald has said in the past that the testing is “annoying” but he’s dealing with it, and passing with flying colors.

To hear MacDonald tell it, however, tests or no tests, talk or no talk, in shape or out of shape, B.J. Penn is in for a world of hurt come Dec. 8 in Seattle.

“He’s got a lot of excuses that guy. He likes to start (expletive); he likes to get people excited. I don’t really think about it too much. He asked me to do the VADA random testing and I accepted it,” said MacDonald.

“I’ll prove to him that I’m a clean fighter. At the end of the day, he can say whatever he wants to say, get people excited, but I’m still going to beat his ass.”

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  • George Sperry

    All Rory has to do is last the 1st rd and BJ will be gassed out. McDonald will win this fight and probably will stop BJ.

  • Dick Buckus

    damn… i thought rory macdonald was very humble

    • PhranktheTank

      He seems to have developed an ego lately. I guess being called the future of WW since he was 21 can do that.

  • kingchris

    Rory isway to cocky,he’s gonna be laid out in the middle of the cage at the end of the 1st

  • Milos Rackovic

    Penn by knockout

    • anon


      • b-soc

        Agreed, Anon. Penn by knockout is about as likely as Rhonda Rousey having difficulty getting plowed the night before a fight.

  • kooolout

    I think Rory is still humble…every fighter should think he is going to beat the other fighter. He is young and learning how to hype a fight. I love BJ he has the best first round in the biz…but I see Rory Surviving that onslaught and winning via decision.

  • CAW

    I am a fan of Rory’s, but for him to say he is better in every aspect of the game than PJ is crazy imo. PJ is a much better boxer and BJJ (MMA version or otherwise). Rory’s best shot is to do what GPS did and wrestle and GnP him.

    • anon

      for real? look, I love BJ. But Rory is gonna kill him, just watch….

  • 808empire808

    4 words!!’





    • PhranktheTank

      A 21 yr old athlete can’t have acne without being on the juice? Come off it.

      • 808empire808

        That’s right bud.
        Look at that backne….. Do you know anything about steroids?
        Look at rory… He walks around all tuff but when you hear him talk?it sounds like a kid that had his nutts drop in the last week or two.
        I’m sorry rory but can’t hide BACKNE!!!

        • PhranktheTank

          Yea, I know plenty about steroids, I also know that there are plenty of causes for acne. Like exercise, or being a 20 yr old guy. It’s sad and pathetic to try and discredit rory just because he had pimples on his back.

          • 808empire808

            Hahaha! Get off of rory nu**s
            Only on his back??? Why does he have perfect skin?? Besides his back?? Because he only excersises on his back?
            Wake up tard!! He is a user!! Just like 80% of the fighters out there!!
            BESIDES BJ PENN!!!!!!!!


          • PhranktheTank

            He actually had acne all over the place for that fight, he passed his drug tests, he’s passed all the vada testing for this fight. He’s never tested positive, but you accuse him because he had pimples. Grow up kid.

          • onehitwonder

            he passed the drug test.

          • 808empire808

            There’s lots of ways to pass…….

    • adam1848

      I must have missed something at some point. Can you guys please point me to the article where it says Rory failed a drug test? I didn’t read that one. You can’t possibly believe that bad skin always equates to juicing, so there must be some factual information that I have missed. Thanks.

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  • rcbreezy1972

    Rory has yet to prove anything. I hope Penn shuts his big mouth!

  • Jesse Malloy

    OH MAN….I can’t wait for this fight. I’m so excited for UFC on Fox 5

  • Dap

    Stop saying he’s cocky, your mistaking arrogance for confidence. He thinks he’s better…if he doesn’t then he’s already on his way to losing.