BJ Penn is set to return to UFC action in June despite allegations of sexual assault.
Penn will fight Dennis Siver at UFC 199 in Los Angeles on June 4 following an internal investigation into claims made by a former employee.
As reported by Yahoo former BJPenn.com editor Pedro Alex Carrasco tweeted:
Tired of seeing this pervert BJ Penn in the news. Dude’s a cocaine addict, who sexually assaulted my Playboy model GF, and I have proof.
Worked with that scumbag for almost 10yrs, lived next door to him. He’s had a Coke problem since he was a kid. Came to my home when I wasn’t there and forced himself on my girl, pulled her clothes off, then blamed me, said I looked at his GF ass.
The UFC has since released a statement where they say the allegations against Penn could not be substantiated.
According to MMA Weekly it read:
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.
— UFC (@ufc) April 13, 2016
UFC Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein is reported by MMA Fighting as commenting:
We have taken a look at the available facts, which aren’t too substantial, and there are two stories of what happened. To date, there has [been] 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 re-evaluate.
Subject to no substantial evidence coming to light, it will be Penn’s first appearance inside the Octagon since he lost to Frankie Edgar in The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale in July 2014.