UFC president Dana White announced last night following UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall that B.J. Penn will indeed be coming out of retirement to face Rory MacDonald and that he’ll be doing so at UFC 152 this September.
Penn announced his retirement following a unanimous decision loss to Nick Diaz this past October, but started warming up to the idea of returning over the past few months. MacDonald respectfully called Penn out in a few interviews and it was enough to stoke The Prodigy’s fire and prompt him to accept the challenge. The bout has been verbally agreed to, but not officially signed.
Before losing to Diaz, Penn fought Jon Fitch to a draw and knocked out Matt Hughes in welterweight bouts.
Since suffering his only professional loss to Carlos Condit in 2010, MacDonald has gone on a three-fight run that includes wins over Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle and Che Mills. The 22-year-old Tristar Gym product was on a ten-fight run before meeting Condit.
UFC 152 is scheduled to take place on September 22 at a currently unknown arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.