UFC on FOX 5 Round-by-Round Review: Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn


The first of our three featured bouts is next, as welterweight contender Rory MacDonald (13-1) welcomes former UFC champion BJ Penn (16-8-2) back to the Octagon. These two have had some intense moments over the past few days. Herb Dean will be the referee.

Round 1: No touch of gloves by these two, as Penn is stuffed on a takedown attempt after catching a knee from MacDonald. The bigger MacDonald pushes Penn up against the fence. Knee to the body inside the clinch by Penn. MacDonald catches Penn with a left, as Penn counters with a right. MacDonald using his reach advantage right now, keeping Penn at bay. Modified head-kick by MacDonald, and another that graces the chin of Penn.

Penn comes in and goes low-high to catch MacDonald. Straight jab by Penn connects. Penn gets inside the reach has a single-leg, takes MacDonald down for a brief moment, but can't keep him down. Body shot by MacDonald lands. Straight jab from Penn connects. MacDonald drops and tries for a single-leg, but Penn shakes him off. Penn is hurt, as he wobbles back and forth but stays upright. MacDonald caught him with something quick, and lands a kick. MacDonald to the body, and Penn counters with a right. Superman punch by MacDonald and he ties Penn up against the fence as we go under 10 seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 2: Again, MacDonald using his reach advantage to start this round, picking Penn apart. Penn continues to move forward, and catches MacDonald on the chin. Penn covers to avoid a flurry by MacDonald. Combo right-front kick from MacDonald, who looks at ease. Straight jab from MacDonald catches Penn, as does a kick to the body. Penn with a combo, but MacDonald lands a left. Another spinning head kick thrown at Penn by the Canadian. MacDonald lands with another shot to the body and Herb Dean looks to step in. Penn keeps standing, but is absorbing a lot of punishment. Head kick by MacDonald, body shot and Penn answers with a left. MacDonald has Penn pinned in the corner and is just picking him apart with rights, lefts and kicks. MacDonald drops and hits the body again, hard. Heavy breathing by Penn, who is trying to fight back towards the center of the cage. MacDonald shuffling his feet, talking trash to Penn and he takes him down with 30 seconds to go in the round. Little damage done inside the guard as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3: This could very well be the final five minutes of Penn's fighting career, as MacDonald has picked him apart through two rounds. The doctor looked over the left eye of Penn, but things will continue on. MacDonald back to using his reach, as Penn charges in and eats a kick for his effort. Penn locks up MacDonald and gets a takedown with a trip. MacDonald, however, gets right back up and lands a kick to the body of Penn. Body shot by MacDonald, who slips on another spinning kick attempt. MacDonald has landed over 100 significant strikes with three minutes to go, while Penn has connected on just over 20. Elbow to the face by MacDonald. Switch kick to the body courtesy of MacDonald. Off a takedown attempt, MacDonald lands a back-elbow to the face of Penn. Body shot by Penn, and a nice left lands from Penn, as well. Another head-kick by MacDonald as we go under a minute. Left-hook from MacDonald, along with another elbow to the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

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