The long awaited return of B.J. Penn has been put on hold…again.

Penn was slated to face Ricardo Lamas at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila, Philippines on October 15. However, an injury in training camp has forced him to back out of the fight. The UFC is currently looking for a replacement but it is unclear if they’ll be able to find one in time.

This marks the fourth time B.J. Penn’s return has been delayed. He received a six-month suspension from USADA after using an IV infusion during an out-of-competition drug test on March 25. That suspension ended September 25. Before his scheduled fight with Lamas, Penn was set to fight Dennis Siver at UFC 196 and 197. After those fell through, he was matched up with Cole Miller at UFC 199, that fight was also called off.

B.J. Penn is a true MMA legend. He has fought and defeated some of the best in the sport. He is also one of two fighters in UFC history to win a title in two different weight classes. Nobody knows how this latest injury will effect the 37-year-old’s future. Despite all of his success, Penn hasn’t competed in the UFC since 2014 and hasn’t actually won a fight since 2010.

Ricardo Lamas is coming off a decision loss to Max Holloway at UFC 199 in June. He has won three of his last five fights since a featherweight title loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 169.

UFC Fight Night 97 is the second event ever held in the Philippines. Fight Night 66 was also held in Manila. It was headlined by Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar in May of 2015.

It isn’t yet known how long Penn will be out. He’s been stating his desire to return to the Octagon for awhile now, but it hasn’t happened. Time will only tell if he’s able to bounce back from this injury and get back to competing in the UFC.

Sam Danes is a staff writer covering the UFC for The Sports Blaze. Contact him via email at and follow him on Twitter @SamDanes26

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Sam Danes
NCAA Basketball/MMA Writer

Sam Danes is a recent graduate of Austin Peay State University. He received a B.A. in Communications, focusing on broadcasting and journalism. While in school, he has worked production for Austin Peay basketball and football games, and has interned for as a sportswriter. Sam was born in Kansas, and is a huge Royals and Jayhawks fan. Baseball has always been his favorite sport; he played until arm injuries ended his collegiate career. He also loves basketball and MMA.

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