UFC Return Set for BJ Penn
BJ Penn is once again out of retirement.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that Penn’s return is set for UFC 199 in Los Angeles, Calif. His opponent will be Dennis Siver.
Penn said on his website, BJPENN.com, earlier this year that he was scheduled to return to the UFC octagon at UFC 196, but was later pushed back a month to UFC 197. His challenge to featherweight Nik Lentz went unresolved earlier this year, but Penn maintained that he had a desire to return to the UFC, and doubled down on that by training in New Mexico with Greg Jackson of the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA Academy.
After announcing that he was scheduled to fight at UFC 198, the UFC postponed those plans because of a sexual assault allegation made by one of Penn’s former website employees. A spokesperson for the promotion did not respond to questions surrounding the results of the investigation.
Penn and Siver, both 37 years old, will enter their June 4 bout on losing streaks. Penn has not won in his last four bouts, including three consecutive losses. His last defeat came at the hands of Frankie Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, 2014. He has not won a bout since 2010.
Siver, meanwhile, lost his last two bouts to Conor McGregor and Tatsuya Kawajiri. He has fought three times since Penn last entered the octagon.