BJ Penn Returns from Suspension to Face Ricardo Lamas in UFC Philippines Headliner

August 15, 2016

BJ Penn will return to the UFC’s Octagon for the first time since July of 2014 in a headlining fight against Ricardo Lamas in Manila. UFC officials announced the bout early Monday morning.

Penn and Lamas will face off in a featured 145-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 97, which takes place on Oct. 15 in the Filipino capital’s Mall of Asia Arena.

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07-BJ-Penn-Matt-Hughes-UFC-750Penn (16-10-2) returns to the UFC after two years away. He intended on returning earlier this year, but was suspended by USADA for using an IV, a practice banned by the anti-doping agency. Penn’s return was also also slowed due to a legal investigation involving sexual assault allegations. The former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion hasn’t won a fight since November 2010.

Lamas (16-5) is also looking to get back on the winning track with the UFC Philippines card. In his last outing, the former featherweight title contender battled Max Holloway in a memorable fight, but came up short in a decision loss. Lamas is 1-2 in his last three fights.

More bouts are expected to be announced for the card in the coming weeks.

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