UFC Hall of Famer and former lightweight champion BJ Penn has been pulled from the UFC 199 after being marked by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.
The UFC released a statement about the issue and decided to remove BJ Penn from his scheduled fight against Cole Miller on June 4. The UFC are looking for a replacement for Penn.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – using an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Penn has received a provisional suspension and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.
“UFC will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly, and more information will be provided by USADA and UFC at the proper time as the process involving Penn moves forward.”
On his website, BJ Penn admitted about the use of IV but he said that he was not aware that it was already banned. However, Penn stated that he is ready to help with the investigation and give any necessary information to USADA.
“I voluntarily disclosed to USADA that during a non-fight period that I had an IV administered under the care of a doctor.
“The rule for IV usage had changed since my last fight in the UFC and was unaware of the change and voluntarily disclosed the information to USADA. I had no idea that IV use was banned 365 days a year.
“At no time in my career in martial arts have I ever doped and anticipate all test results from USADA will come back clean and will be working with the UFC to get the matter cleared up and return to fight as soon as possible.”
The UFC 199 bout against Cole Miller is supposed to be BJ Penn’s comeback fight after he announced his retirement in 2014 when he lost against Frankie Edgar. However, his return to the Octagon will be taking a little longer after the incident.