While UFC president Dana White on Tuesday confirmed that UFC Hall of Fame fighter and two-division former champion BJ Penn (16-10-2) would officially end his retirement and return to the Octagon to fight Dennis Siver (22-11, 1 NC) at UFC 199 on June 4, there were still questions swirling around recent allegations accusing Penn of sexual assault.
The UFC, which hired the Campbell & Williams law firm to investigate the matter, issued a statement on Wednesday re-confirming the fight and defending its decision to reinstate Penn.
“UFC announced today that former UFC champion BJ Penn will return to competition on June 4 at UFC 199 against Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout,” read the UFC’s statement.
“Following a review of the matter by Campbell & Williams, a Las Vegas-based law firm hired by UFC to evaluate the situation, UFC has been informed that no criminal or civil charges have been filed against Penn to date, nor has any action been taken by local law enforcement. It should be noted that UFC reserves the right to reevaluate the matter should new information be made available.”