Rory MacDonald likely finished the career of former UFC champion BJ Penn Saturday night, picking “The Prodigy” apart at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz. MacDonald, however, wasn’t completely satisfied with his performance.
“I was happy with a lot of it. I’m pissed I didn’t finish him, though,” MacDonald said, on the Fuel TV post-fight show. “I aim to finish and I didn’t, so the job’s not done for me. It’s bittersweet, but I’m happy.”
MacDonald (14-1) had earned two consecutive finishes prior to facing Penn, having stopped Mike Pyle and Che Mills. The Canadian knew Penn would be a difficult man to stop, saying, “He’s a juggernaut and I knew it would take everything I had to put him down, so it was what I expected pretty much.”
“Aries” made a call for a match with Carlos Condit inside the Octagon following the contest. Condit is the only fighter to hold a victory over MacDonald.
“I was humiliated and embarrassed after that fight and I think about that fight all the time,” MacDonald said. “It haunts me. I really need to get past that chapter in my life.”