Following weeks of speculation, B.J. Penn will get to fight at UFC 199.
Promotion officials announced on Tuesday that Penn will lock horns with Dennis Siver in a featured bout on the June 4 bill, which takes place at the The Forum in Los Angeles and airs on pay-per-view. UFC 199 is headlined by a middleweight title rematch pitting Luke Rockhold against Chris Weidman.
Penn’s return is reported to have been delayed due to an accusation of sexual assault.
“We have taken a look at the available facts, which aren't too substantial, and there are two stories of what happened,” Lawrence Epstein, the UFC's chief operating officer told Yahoo Sports. “To date, there has no action at all taken by any law enforcement agency. We decided to allow B.J. to fight. However, we are going to continue to monitor to the situation. If new information, more information, becomes available to us, obviously, we reserve the right to reevaluate.”
Penn recently announced that he was coming out of retirement and would train under the guidance of Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, N.M. Penn hasn’t competed since “The Ultimate Fighter 19” finale, where he suffered a third-round technical knockout loss to Frankie Edgar. The 37-year-old Hawaiian has won just one of his last seven Octagon appearances.
Siver, who is also 37, enters the matchup on a two-fight losing streak. He suffered a second-round technical knockout loss to Conor McGregor one year ago before dropping a three-round verdict to Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night Berlin on June 20. The Russian-born German is 11-8 over the course of a promotional tenure that began in 2007.