B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
: Penn comes out of the gate and goes for a single leg. He pushes MacDonald back against the fence and MacDonald reverses position. MacDonald lands an elbow off the break, and pushes Penn back against the cage. They break about a minute into the round. MacDonald's throwing single jabs. He connects with a low leg kick and a kick to the body. Penn lands a counter right. The Seattle crowd is absolutely electric. They continue to circle and measure one another. Penn scores a takedown against the fence, but MacDonald is back to his feet. Two minutes left. MacDonald spins Penn back toward the cage and fires and elbow which connects. MacDonald lands a left to the body. MacDonald shoots for a single and abandons it. One minute left. MacDonald wobbles Penn with a jab. Penn checks a head kick. MacDonald with a body shot and Penn with a counter right. Thirty seconds left. A late clinch along the fence MMAFighting scores the round for Rory MacDonald, 10-9.
: MacDonald slowly and methodically picking Penn apart, mixing up his strikes. He makes Penn briefly cover up. One minute in. This fight is starting to look like Rory MacDonald's "star is born" night. Penn starting to throw two-punch combos, including a right hand which lands solid on the jaw. MacDonald connects with a nasty kick to the body. Penn standing, but covering up. He withstands the assault and comes back for more. Penn's basically a standing punching bag at this point. One minute left. Penn's weathered the storm for now. MacDonald does the Ali Shuffle. MacDonald scores a takedown with about 40 seconds left, but Penn's got him all tied up as the round ends. MMAFighting scores the round for Rory MacDonald, 10-9 (20-18)
Round 3: Penn was checked by the doctor between rounds and was cleared to continue. He comes out and tries for a takedown, but MacDonald eventually breaks free. They clinch with Penn's back to the fence. Herb Dean breaks them. MacDonald with a left hand to the body. MacDonald whiffs with a high kick and slips, but gets right back to his feet. Pace has slowed this round. MacDonald goes for a takedown and doesn't get it. Ninety seconds left, they clinch along the fence, and Dean breaks them again. Rory with a head kick. MacDonald connects with a superman punch and followed with a left hook. The time winds down to what very well might be the end of Penn's career. MMAFighting scores the round for Rory MacDonald, 10-9 (30-27).
Rory MacDonald def. B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
I thought BJ looked really good physically and came out strong initially, but MacDonald came at him with so many moves and really hard shots, body and head. I was hoping BJ might be able to deliver a fatal blow at the end, but kudos to him for sticking in there till the end.
I don't know if Rory has done the feet dance thing in other fights, but I thought it was unnecessary and disrespectful.