It looks like the return of BJ Penn has hit another speed bump, with the UFC announcing that he has been forced out of his bout against Ricardo Lamas due to an injury. It is unknown at this point what the extent of Penn’s injury is or how long of a layoff he will face. Penn was set to headline the event against Lamas and was looking to get back into the octagon for the first time since a loss in 2014 to Frankie Edgar.
“The Prodigy” was set to make his return at UFC 199 against Cole Miller, until he was pulled due to a USADA violation that came from the use of an illegal IV infusion that was caught during an out of competition test. Penn moved out to New Mexico in order to go train with one of the top gyms in mixed martial arts, Jackson-WinkleJohn, in order to try and have a resurgence in his career.
At the age of 37, the UFC Hall of Famer has not fought since 2014, and has not won a bout since a 2010 knockout win over Matt Hughes.
The UFC is now seeking a replacement to headline the event in the Philippines against Ricardo Lamas on October 15th. Lamas is a former title challenger who has gone 3-2 since fighting for the belt against Aldo at UFC 169. With Lamas opponent still being unknown at this point, it is also unknown what the future for former champion BJ Penn is at this point, and if this injury will be his last attempt at making a comeback.