In what might become a bit of a side-story due to the news of Ronda Rousey’s first scheduled fight, former UFC champion BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald seemed ready to attack at any moment Thursday. The two fighters, who will meet Saturday night at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz, were part of the pre-fight press conference from Seattle.
Penn, who is making his return to the Octagon after announcing his retirement last year, was asked to comment on some remarks made previously by MacDonald. “The Prodigy,” did just that, saying, “You want to say stuff like that, you better be ready to back it up.”
From the other side of the podium, MacDonald responded with, “I will be.”
MacDonald, who trains at Tristar Gym, has said in past interviews that he plans to take it to Penn and make him regret returning to action. When the the two were paired for the customary staredown following the press conference, neither backed down.