UFC President Dana White confirmed on Tuesday the return of Hall of Famer B.J. Penn to the octagon against Dennis Siver for UFC 199 in Los Angeles.
The 37-year-old MMA fighter Penn, who was 1-5-1 in his last seven fights, will be facing another 37-year-old, Dennis Siver who was 1-3-1 in his last five fights with a No Contest after testing positive for Hormones.
Penn came back from a retirement after taking a loss with Frankie Edgar on June 2014 while Siver did not fight since June 2015 upon losing via unanimous decision to Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Before confirming the fight, UFC investigated after Penn was accused by a former employee, of sexually assaulting his girlfriend. However, UFC chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein relayed that after the investigation, they did not find any evidence about the accusations resulting in the availability of B.J. Penn to fight in the UFC.
“We have taken a look at the available facts, which aren’t too substantial, and there are two stories of what happened,” Epstein said via Yahoo Sports. “To date, there has no action at all taken by any law enforcement agency. We decided to allow B.J. to fight. However, we are going to continue to monitor the situation. If new information, more information, becomes available to us, obviously, we reserve the right to re-evaluate.”
On July, B.J. “The Prodigy” Penn became a UFC Hall of Famer. He is now regarded as one of the greatest lightweight in MMA history. He won his Lightweight Championship title against Joe Stevenson when he defeated him via rear neck choke. Also, he defended his title against Sean Sherk whom also lose to Penn via TKO. Penn specialized in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with an MMA record of 16 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw.
The match between B.J. Penn and Dennis Siver on UFC 199 will be held at The Forum in Los Angeles. On the same event will be the rematch for the middleweight title between Luke Rockhold and ex-champion Chris Weidman. Dominick Cruz defends his bantamweight title against arch-rival Urijah Faber, and Dustin Poirier meets Bobby Green.
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