UFC 199 will no longer feature the return of BJ Penn, after he violated USADA’s IV policies, but the legend says he had no idea he was doing so.
On Monday, the UFC announced that Penn will not fight Miller at the upcoming, June 4th event. In the promotion’s announcement, it stated Penn had disclosed to USADA that he had violated the organization’s rules regarding IV use.
The Hawaiian star released his own statement at BJ Penn.com, whereby Penn admits he was unaware the IV regulations are in place, all year round.
“I voluntarily disclosed to USADA that during a non-fight period that I had an IV administered under the care of a doctor.
“The rule for IV usage had changed since my last fight in the UFC and was unaware of the change and voluntarily disclosed the information to USADA. I had no idea that IV use was banned 365 days a year.
“At no time in my career in martial arts have I ever doped and anticipate all test results from USADA will come back clean and will be working with the UFC to get the matter cleared up and return to fight as soon as possible.”
Penn was set to return to the Octagon for the first time since 2014, when he was stopped by Frankie Edgar.