It seems as though BJ Penn’s UFC return has been put on hold as the promotion have released a statement following allegations against the former UFC Lightweight Champion.
The UFC’s full statement is below;
“UFC is aware of the recent allegations made against BJ Penn. The organization requires all athletes who compete in the UFC to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as detailed in the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate violations of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of proper review and this situation, as with any serious allegation, will be investigated by an independent party and thoroughly reviewed by the UFC. The UFC organization will also cooperate with any law enforcement investigation. In light of the serious allegations, UFC has postponed plans to book Penn for an upcoming bout until more details are determined.
UFC holds athletes who compete in the organization to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action, if and when warranted. It is important to note that Penn is considered innocent until proven guilty and UFC is not prejudging this matter.”
Penn, who last competed in July 2014 has announced he will be making a return to the cage and has moved his training camp to Albuquerque, New Mexico to train with Greg Jackson. But a return to the cage mid 2016 is now looking less likely given the above and it seems we will have to wait a bit longer to see BJ back in the Octagon.