24 hours after Dennis Siver withdrew from UFC 199 due to an undisclosed injury, the UFC has found a replacement to take on former lightweight champion B.J. Penn on the June 4 fight card. Cole Miller will step in to face “The Prodigy.” The new matchup was announced on UFC Tonight.
Penn (16-10-2) retired from fighting after his third loss to Frankie Edgar in July 2014. In January, the Hawaiian announced his intentions to return, and he entered talks with the UFC. He was expected to return at UFC 197, but that was delayed after criminal accusations surfaced. The UFC investigated the allegations and cleared Penn to compete at UFC 199.
Miller (21-9, 1 NC) last fought in December against Jim Alers. The fight was ruled a No Contest after Miller was rendered unable to continue due to an accidental eye poke. He hopes to get back in the win column and ruin Penn’s return when they meet at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on June 4.
UFC 199 is headlined by the rematch between middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and former titleholder Chris Weidman. In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz puts his title on the line against rival Urijah Faber.