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Penn loses to MacDonald in unanimous decision

By Billy Hull

LAST UPDATED: 5:04 p.m. HST, Dec 8, 2012

SEATTLE >> Rory MacDonald defeated B.J. Penn by unanimous decision in a co-feature bout of the UFC on FOX 5 event at Key Arena on Saturday night.

MacDonald hurt Penn with a kick to the ribs in the second round and also scored a takedown.

The fighters traded shots early, but MacDonald controlled the rest of the fight on his feet, using a wide array of kicks to frustrate Penn.

Two judges scored the fight 30-26, while the third had it 30-27.

The start to the third round was delayed a few seconds as a ringside doctor checked Penn's left eye, which was badly swollen.

MacDonald improved to 14-1 overall and handed Penn (16-9-2) his fourth loss in his last six UFC fights.

Penn is 1-5-1 in the UFC at welterweight since beating Matt Hughes for the championship almost nine years ago.

It was Penn’s first fight since losing to Nick Diaz in October 2011.

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