Rory MacDonald out of UFC 152

Updated: August 5, 2012, 7:12 AM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald has suffered a deep facial cut while training and is out of a highly anticipated fight against B.J. Penn scheduled for Sept. 22.

UFC president Dana White confirmed MacDonald's withdrawal during a press conference on Saturday. It remains unknown whether Penn will remain on the UFC 152 card in Toronto.

"Rory is out," White said. "He got cut open today -- wide open. No contact for a month."

White added the cut required, "38 to 48 stitches," and is above the left eyebrow.

MacDonald (13-1) has been one of the fastest rising stars of the UFC since his debut in January 2010. The 23-year-old Canadian already holds wins over Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle.

He was literally seconds away from a victory over current No. 1 contender Carlos Condit at UFC 115 before suffering a TKO loss in the final round.

After considering retirement since his last fight in October 2011, Penn (16-8-2) ultimately opted to extend his career against MacDonald. The former two-division UFC champion is 1-3-1 in his last five fights.