UFC 199 has lost one of its biggest names, as the promotion has announced that BJ Penn will no longer fight, due to a potential anti-doping violation.
Penn was scheduled to fight Cole Miller at the June 4th event, who was stepping in the for the injured Dennis Siver. The bout was supposed to mark the return of Penn, who hasn’t fought since 2014, when he was defeated by Frankie Edgar.
Late on Monday, however, the UFC posted the following statement on its site:
“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 – the use of 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 additional information will be provided by USADA and UFC at the appropriate time as the process involving Penn moves forward.”
So, UFC 199 proceeds without the former lightweight and welterweight champ. In the main event, Luke Rockhold will look to defend the middleweight title against Michael Bisping. In the co-headliner, bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will face Urijah Faber.
UFC 199 will be hosted by the Forum in Inglewood, California.