B.J. Penn Pulled from UFC 199 Following Suspension Due to USADA Violation
B.J. Penn is the latest MMA fighter to be pulled from a UFC card, but not due to injury. Rather, Penn is being pulled from UFC 199 following a major USADA violation. As it turns out, the former the former lightweight and welterweight champion disclosed IV use that violates policies of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. This has resulted in Penn not only being pulled from the card, but also incurring a suspension.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation,” read UFC’s official statement on the matter. “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.”
The statement would go on to read, “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.”
Although the full terms of Penn’s suspension have yet to be disclosed, this is yet another mishap in a long line of legal issues for the fighter. Penn retired in 2014 following a devastating loss to Frankie Edgar, but announced plans in January to resume his fighting career. However, not long after making that announcement, Penn’s return had to be put on-hold due to an investigation concerning sexual assault allegations made against him by former BJPenn.com writer Pedro Alex Carrasco. In a rant on Twitter back in February, Carrasco accused Penn of sexually assaulting his girlfriend. No conclusive ruling has been made just yet, but it’s looking like it’s not going to matter to Penn’s fight career in the immediate future anyway, since he doesn’t appear to have one. Regardless, between the allegations and this USADA violation, things aren’t exactly coming up roses for the guy.
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