A violation of the Anti-Doping policy of the UFC has left former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn out of his upcoming match against Cole Miller at UFC 199.
According to a statement released by UFC, Penn revealed his use of IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period during an out-of-competition sample collection on March 25,2016. The UFC organization then announced that Penn has been given a provisional suspension that will keep him out of his back-from-retirement match on June 04 at Los Angeles against Miller.
Penn responded with his statement on BJPENN.COM saying he has voluntary disclosed that he had used an IV during his non-fight period that was administered by a doctor.
He added that he was unaware that the rules regarding the use of IV have changed over the period he was gone, and that he did not know that the use of IV was prohibited for 365 days a year.
He ended his statement by saying that he has never doped in his entire career in martial arts, and hopes that the test results from USADA would come back clean so he could return and continue with his career soon.
UFC also announced in their statement that they are already looking for a replacement opponent for Cole Miller.
Penn was supposed to fight Dennis Siver, but was later changed because of his undisclosed injury. Siver was then replaced by Miller, who is now the one looking for a new opponent.
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