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Rory Doesnt Care What B.J. Penn Does or Says Im Still Going to Beat His Ass

Rory MacDonald knew he was in for a serious fight the moment he etched his name on a contract opposite former welterweight champion B.J. Penn.

But it wasnt just because the two fighters would meet in the Octagon on Dec. 8 as part of the UFC on Fox 5 card. It also had to do with Penns approach leading into certain fights where psychological warfare is as dangerous as any jab he throws at an opponent.

Penn doesnt mind poking and prodding at an opponent to get a response, but MacDonald says hes not playing into the games.

As he prepares for the fight, MacDonald has heard all the rumors about Penn putting together a star-studded training camp, and how hes in the best shape hes been in, in years. None of it matters to MacDonald because hes going to fight Penn the same regardless of his own training.

I dont really care, I just see a body in front of me to tell you the truth. It doesnt matter if hes in shape or not. Its gonna be best for you guys if hes in shape, cause it will probably be a better fight, MacDonald said recently at the UFC 154 Q&A.

As legendary a shadow as Penn casts on the sport for his numerous accolades and tremendous talent, MacDonald isnt going to let the Hawaiian get by on past accomplishments. In the here and now, MacDonald believes hes vastly superior to Penn in every facet of the game.

I just think that Im a better fighter. Im not really scared to fight him anywhere. Hes obviously very good on the ground, and a good striker; you have to be competent in all areas of mixed martial arts, and I am, MacDonald said.

I feel Im a better striker, a better wrestler and better on the ground as far as MMA jiu-jitsu. Probably not straight jiu-jitsu because we all know what hes done there, but I feel in a straight mixed martial arts fight, Im a little more well rounded than he is.

MacDonald knows Penn can attack at any time, and that goes for outside the cage as well.

No, MacDonald isnt concerned that Penn is going to jump him on the street, but believes the former champions insistence on pre-fight drug testing is just another tactic the former champion is using to get into his head before the fight goes down.

MacDonald has said in the past that the testing is annoying but hes dealing with it, and passing with flying colors.

To hear MacDonald tell it, however, tests or no tests, talk or no talk, in shape or out of shape, B.J. Penn is in for a world of hurt come Dec. 8 in Seattle.

Hes got a lot of excuses that guy. He likes to start (expletive); he likes to get people excited. I dont really think about it too much. He asked me to do the VADA random testing and I accepted it, said MacDonald.

Ill prove to him that Im a clean fighter. At the end of the day, he can say whatever he wants to say, get people excited, but Im still going to beat his ass.
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