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BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald UFC on Fox 5 Betting Preview

Written by Matt Stevens   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:36

BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonaldBJ Penn, former lightweight champion and UFC welterweight return to the octagon against Canadian Rory MacDonald on 8 December at the UFC on Fox 5 to be held in Seattle, Washington. After he retired briefly after his defeat to Nick Diaz fight again to make clear that it is one of the best of all time.

"Hats off to Diaz, is an excellent fighter and you know what? Probably this was the last time you see me here. I want to be in the best possible level, I have a daughter and another to come, I can not get to my house with his face as I have now, "those were the words of BJ Penn the night of 29 October 2011 when I decided to hang up his gloves for the first time.

Evidently his inner fire reignited and believes he has what it takes to once again demonstrate that, inside the octagon, there's only one of him. Stare, scowl, lower left and right hand guard, when "The Prodigy" is in that position, you better come, I just want to be given the order to go out and fight and finish your opponent.

 

That nickname came from his years as a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, when he became the first non-Brazilian fighter to win a world title as a black belt in the discipline and that gradually led to Mixed Martial Arts. Today we can say that is a true prodigy in everything he does.

While his record as a professional is not what is expected of a legend, the 16 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws are a very cold thinking that faced the top of the sport. Fact: In Japan fought as a heavyweight Lyoto Machida and demanded up to the decision, although it was against him, shows that when you have to leave everything, he is always ready.

Why also highlighted in the octagon? It is one of two fighters who have been champions in two different categories (Randy Couture being the other). His crown at 170 pounds came in 2004 subjecting Matt Hughes and at 155 in 2008 beating by the same route to Joe Stevenson.

Besides being the only one, dominating their division, decided to move up in weight to challenge the reigning champion to have two titles simultaneously, but missed him and was dominated by Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94 in early 2009.

Then came the problems, could never resolve the style of Frankie Edgar and aura faded away, without having to do with the slight weight gain decided to get new challenges. I needed to refocus and looked like it was going to get knocked out after 21 seconds to Matt Hughes, but got the equalizer with Jon Fitch and the already mentioned loss to Diaz that gave a blow to their hopes.

 
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