Rory MacDonald will compete in the most important fight of his young career later this year when he takes on BJ Penn.

MacDonald (14-1) was the kind of fighter that pushed Penn to return to fighting after announcing his retirement last year.

In a recent interview with MMAFrenzy, MacDonald discussed the importance of meeting a former UFC champion in Penn, and just what a win could do for his career.

I believe that this sport is performance-based. If BJ and I go out there and put on a boring fight, no one will want to see me fight the other top guys currently in the spotlight. On the flip side, if can put on an exciting, technical fight and walk away victorious, then it puts me in the mix and in the top-five of the welterweight division.

MacDonald trains out of Tri-Star Gym in Canada, which helped with Penn’s decision to accept the fight. The bout is expected to take place at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.