Round 1: MacDonald opens with a knee, but Penn blocks it and goes for the takedown. MacDonald fights it off and reverses Penn, pressing him against the fence. They quickly separate, MacDonald taking the center of the Octagon, trying to cut off the angles on Penn and get his striking game going. Good leg kick by MaCdonald, followed by a head kick, but Penn answers with a solid right hand. MacDonald has been the aggresor thus far, but Penn is looking calculated in his conters, landing a an overhand right and sneaking in the jab. Penn lands the left hand and shoots and scores a takedown, but MacDonald is quickly back to his feet. Penn stays glued to him, but MacDonald separates and lands an elbow to the head. MacDonald lands the left hook to the body, attempts a takedown, but quickly gives it up. MacDonald is pressuring Penn now, landing a hard shot to the body, staggering Penn. He’s staying on him, lands the left hook to the body again. MacDonald is mixing in the kicks and then lands a big arcing elbow just before the end of the round. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for MacDonald.
Round 2: MacDonald immediatley goes back to work, mixing up the left jab and right leg kick. Penn doesn’t back down, though, diving in with the right hand. MacDonald is really starting to work the jab now though, and follows with a solid combination. MacDonald is obviously the much bigger, longer fighter, with a more sound technical striking game and it’s really starting to show now. Penn looks like he’s getting frustrated. He sneaks in a right hand, but MacDonald is landing strikes at a much higher pace, wearing Penn down. He lands a kick to the body, then follows with a couple hard left hooks to the body, Penn is doubled over and MacDonald is unloading with kicks and punches to the body. Penn not backing down, trying to find a way to fight out of this, but MacDonald is relentless, consistently going back to the body, and then dropping the overhand right. MacDonald goes back to the jab and then follows with a hard elbow on the same side, picking Penn apart. He throws a few more punches and then shoots and scores the takedown, plating Penn on his back, landing in his full guard. MacDonald lands a few more punches and elbows before the horn sounds. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-8 for MacDonald.
Round 3: MacDonald goes right back to the jab, but Penn isn’t ready to cash in his chips, drives MacDonald to the fence with punches and then drops for a takedown. MacDonald fends it off and presses Penn into the fence, where they both appear to take a bit of a breather. Referee Herb Dean separates them. MacDonald misses with a spinning hook kick and slips to the mat, but Penn can’t take advantage. Penn rushes in with punches, but MacDonald clinches up again and puts him up against the cage. MacDonald sticks the jab out a couple time and then lands the hard left kick to the body and follows with a short superman punch. Penn looks extremely tired and frustrated, but keeps trying to find some way to get through to MacDonald; he just doesn’t have much gas left in the tank, but that’s mostly due to MacDonald draining the tank with his onslaught. A minute left in the fight and MacDonald starts working the jab again, attacking the swell under Penn’s left eye, which is now black and blue. MacDonald presses Penn to the fence and lands the left hook and elbow as they come off of the fence. A front kick-right hand combo from MacDonald is the last of the attacks as the final horn sounds. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-26 for MacDonald.
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27), R3