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BJ Penn Injured, Out of UFC Fight Night 97

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There are multiple credible reports that UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn has been injured and is out of his fight with Ricardo Lamas in the main event of UFC Fight Night 97. The nature of the injury is as yet unknown. Further, it is not known whether the UFC will be able to find a replacement in less than two weeks.

Penn’s return appears cursed. He was scheduled to fight Dennis Siver, and then Cole Miller, at UFC 197. Unfortunately, Penn was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after he voluntarily disclosed out-of-competition use of an IV on the recommendation of a physician. And now this.

Penn, 37, has not fought since an odd, losing effort vs. Frankie Edgar in The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, 2014. He is 0-3-1 his last four and has not won since beating Matt Hughes on November 20, 2011, at UFC 123.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.