UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn (16-10-2) will return from a two-year layoff to fight fellow UFC veteran Dennis Silva (22-11) at UFC 199. The UFC has cleared former UFC champion BJ Penn for a comeback fight against fellow UFC veteran Dennis Siver, UFC President Dana White confirmed the fight with Yahoo! Sports and the UFC released a statement on Wednesday.
The comeback fight will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles and will be on the headline by the middleweight title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.
Penn has not fought since he announced his retirement in July 2014 following a terrible knockout loss to Frankie Edgar. In February, the UFC postponed tentative plans for Penn’s return after accusation of sexual assault, but Penn immediately denied any wrongdoing.
The UFC said that according to its investigation through a Las Vegas law firm, no criminal or civil charges have been filed against BJ Penn. The UFC also said that it reserves the right to re-evaluate the matter if new information becomes available.
“We have taken a look at the available facts, which aren’t too substantial, and there are two stories of what happened,” UFC COO Lawrence Epstein told Yahoo! Sports, via the MMA Junkie.
Penn has prepared a return to Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Penn, which considered the greatest lightweight of all time, hasn’t competed as a lightweight since 2010. Penn moved up to welterweight for four-fight bouts between 2010 and 2012, taking a record of 1-2-1, and then he dropped to featherweight in the loss to Frankie Edgar.
A former lightweight and welterweight champion, Penn is one of two athletes to win UFC titles in multiple weight classes, the other one is former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture.
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