UFC legend Penn suspended for anti-doping violation

BJ Penn’s fight with Cole Miller at UFC 199 on June 4 has been cancelled after he was provisionally suspended on Monday for an anti-doping infraction.

The former UFC lightweight champion confirmed that he had used a prohibited IV during an out-of-competition drug test in March.

Penn was set to make his comeback after retiring from the sport in 2014, but that has now been scrapped, with his bout with Miller pulled from the card.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation,” a UFC statement said. “Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method — the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period — during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Penn has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

“UFC will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly, and additional information will be provided by USADA and UFC at the appropriate time as the process involving Penn moves forward.”

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) anti-doping code, “intravenous infusions and/or injections of more than 50 ML per 6 hour period are prohibited except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations”.

The 37-year-old, who is a UFC Hall of Famer, could face a lengthy suspension for his transgression.