BJ Penn’s Path Back To The Octagon Was Not An Easy One

BJ Penn is not returning to the octagon for the third time.

The two division world champion and Hall of Famer is out of UFC Fight Night 97 card due to undisclosed injury. The match between him and Ricardo Lamas was the main event of the second UFC event to be held again at the MOA Arena, Manila.

BJ Penn announced in January that he is coming out of retirement to make a comeback to the octagon. A month after, however, his former editor accused the “The Prodigy” of sexual assault against his girlfriend. In April, UFC stated that no criminal or civil charges have been filed against Penn, nor has any action been taken by local law enforcement. He was once again booked for a fight against Cole Miller on the main card of UFC 199.

BJ Penn was suspended by USADA for six months due to out-of-competition IV use last May which ended September. The fight which was going to be in the featherweight division was again scrapped out of the UFC 199 card.

He was last seen in action in July 2014 against Frankie Edgar, where he lost in the third round via TKO.

This is the the third setback BJ Penn has experienced on his return to competition this year. We hear nothing on a replacement for Penn yet. Our very own Phillipe Nover who recently fought Renan Barao offers to step in to face Ricardo Lamas and save the main event of UFC Manila though.

BJ Penn Pulls Out of UFC Fight Night 97!!!

UFC Fight Night 97 is 10 days away! UFC needs to find a replacement in the main event!

BJ Penn has been pulled from the featherweight bout against Ricardo Lamas due to an injury, MMA Junkie reports. The promotion has not yet confirmed whether they will be searching for a replacement, or if Lamas is getting pulled from the card as well. The card takes place in the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines and the entire card is set to air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass at 6:45 AM ET.

Lamas remains in the headline spot and he hopes to bounce back from his loss to Max Holloway at “UFC 199”. Lamas possesses impressive wins over the likes of Diego Sanchez and Dennis Bermudez. Who do you think he should face on short notice?

Get to Know the Fighters of UFC Manila 2 on October 15


UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: LAMAS vs PENNmarks the second time in two yearsthat the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organizationhosts an event in Manila,setting the precedent for all fighters competing to come in and make a statement in front of the fast-growing Asian fan base.

On October 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena, UFC returns to the Philippines, a nation whose people have shown tremendous passion and knowledge for the fight game. That being said, a lot has been placed on the line for the fighters competing on the card to put on a winning performance and leave a lasting impression in front of the rambunctious and spirited home crowd.

Let’s now take a look back at some of the big names competing at UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: LAMAS vs PENN, to understand why this fight is important for themand get to know more about what they are fighting for.

BJ Penn
BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, the UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division champion, will be making his return to the Octagon®on October 15 and start his quest for third UFC title. Now training under Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the same head coach as Filipino-American John “The Magician” Dodson, Penn iseager to prove himself against today’s top Featherweight contenders despite his already established legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time. His reason: he loves the sport too much.

“I was introduced to the martial arts, through Jiu-Jitsu, when I was 17 years old. I just love it [(the martial arts]) so much and I still get to do it at 37. It’s a beautiful sport. It’s good that people congratulate me for stuff I did 5 years ago but I can’t live off the past. I want to come out and prove myself in today’s day and age.”

Ricardo Lamas
No. 4-ranked UFC Featherweight contender Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas was inspired to take up MMA afterwatchingthe earlier UFC events and seeing smaller fighters such as Royce Graciebeat theirmuch-larger opponents. On fight night, he will nowget the chance face one of the other fighters he watched growing up, the legendary Penn. Not one to let his emotions get the best of him, Lamas is on a mission to derail his opponent’s comeback, and on his first trip ever to Asia, he plans on converting the nostalgic Filipino fans who are still hoping to see Penn turn back the clock.

“When UFC told me I was going to be fighting BJ Penn, I was thinking ‘Oh my God’. This is a guy I’ve been watching since before I even started fighting. You just got put it out of your mind and think of them as just another opponent. It doesn’t matter who it is. You have to go in there and fight your fight every time and not worry about what their name is. I promise I’m going to turn everyone into Ricardo Lamas fans.”

Derrick Lewis
When Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis started training in MMA, he told his family and friends that he would make it to UFC in 2-3 years. They didn’t believe him, but that’s exactly what he did in 2014 when he signed with the world’s premier MMA organization. Now that he’s actually made it to the pinnacle of the sport, Lewis made another promiseon his first day as a UFC fighter: that he will become UFC Heavyweight champion in 2-3 years. Come fight night, the no. 10-ranked UFC Heavyweight contender will look to extend his four-fight winning streak and move one step closer to silencing all doubters.

“When I started doing MMA, I said that I was going to be in the UFC in 2-3 years and a lot of people laughed at me whenever I said that. Now that I’m here, I told everyone again that I’m going to be UFC champion. I believe sometime next year I will be holding the title. I promise you that. I’ll knock out anyone in the Heavyweight division.”

Japan has a rich history of MMA but to date, has not produced a UFC champion. KyojiHoriguchi aims to be the first. Since moving to Coconut Creek, Florida to train with the famed American Top Team, Horiguchi affirms it was a step in the right direction to achieving his goal.The sport in itself is a global phenomenon and must be approached with a global perspective. Surrounding himself with some of the world’s best MMA talents, including former UFC champion and Filipino-American Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler, Horiguchi believes he is on his to way fulfilling his dream.

“I want to be Japan’s next star.MMA’s popularity took a dive in recent years but if I made a name for myself overseas as a UFC champion, I’m sure that would translate into more recognition for the sport in Japan. A lot of people see me as just a “Karate Fighter” because of my background and how I fought in the past. However, since joining American Top Team, I am becoming a complete mixed martial arts fighter. I will become the 1st Japanese & Asian UFC Champion.”

Cole Miller
On October 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Cole “Magrinho” Miller will be competing in his 20th UFC fight. A 9-year veteran with the world’s premier MMA organization, the 32-year-old Miller has dedicated his entire life to the martial arts ever since he first discovered the sport back in 1993. Realizing this is what he wanted to dedicate the rest of his life too, Miller has continued to test himself against only the very best in the world throughout his entire UFC career, and in doing so has reaffirmed the same feelings he felt when he watched UFC legends Royce Gracie, MinotauroNogueira and BJ Penn fight.

“I’ve been a fan of mixed martial arts for a long time. When I saw Royce Gracie run through the tournaments and how he was the smaller guy, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I made my style what it is based on the type of fighter I wanted to be, based on the type of fighters that I wanted to be like – MinotauroNogueira, BJ Penn. These are the guys that fought standing and on the ground, and no matter where they fought you, it was to finish you.”

Danielle Taylor
Every morning, Danielle “Dynamite” Taylor puts on her uniform as a Custody Assistant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department working to one day become a Deputy Sheriff. Then in the afternoon, she tradesit in for a mouthpiece and a pair of MMA gloves as she gets ready for another session, training to become a UFC champion. It’s a lot of hard work and she has a long road ahead of her but growing up with a role model like her Mom, she’s ready to put in what it takes to achieve her goals. Danielle reflects on the values that her Mom taught her.

“She’s a really hard worker and she taught me to be a hard worker. She’s just the perfect role model: independent and when she wants something, she works hard and she’ll get it. It makes me work hard and if I want something, I’ll work really hard and I’ll get it too.”

SeoHee Ham
When SeoHee Ham first started fighting, she clearly remembers the lack of opportunity and visibility she had in the sport. Growing up in Korea, Ham recalls the time when there were only two women competing in MMA. Now with more than ten years of fighting experience, she is very enthusiastic of how the situation has since improved and looks forward to showing UFC fans just how good women MMA fighters can be.

“I’m very happy. If you grow more women fighters, then I will have more matches. More matches to make and more promotions for women, this will make more opportunities for women. It’s a very good thing.”

Sam Alvey
Walking into a room, you can’t help but notice Sam “Smile’N” Alvey and his pearly whites. With a contagious optimistic attitude and confident demeanor, Alvey can’t help but smile at the fact he gets to do what he loves on a daily basis: fight and test himself against the very best Middleweights in the world. On October 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Alvey will be living his dream once again, riding a hot two-fight winning streak.

“I can’t help but smile. When I walk out to the Octagon and hear the thousands and thousands of people cheering, I’m just thrilled to be doing something I’m so passionate about.”

Alex Nicholson
Before Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson made his UFC debut, he proposed to his girlfriend during the official weigh-ins. In his second fight, he gave his opponent tickets to the event so more people can watch him lose. Now that he’s set to face the always-smiling Alvey, fans can only guess what Nicholson has in his sleeve for fight night. However, Nicholson makes it clear that it’s all in good fun and that he respects all of his opponents. It’s just a matter of not lacking any bit of confidence.

“Anybody that makes it here (UFC), I congratulate you. I’m just better than you. I’m here to win and takeover, and I will not be beaten from here on out. I will train harder than I ever have and I will keep getting better, and I will have gold around my waist one day.”

Jon Tuck
Bullied at a young age, Jon “The Super Saiyan” Tuck found MMA as a means of self-defense and a step towards living a healthier lifestyle. Now a full-time MMA fighter, Tuck finds inspiration in his Guamanian fighting spirit and coming from a small island, similar to the Philippines, Tuck willingly accepts the role of the underdog in every fight and is ready to surprise everyone on fight night.

“I’m definitely blessed to be signed by UFC. I’ve been in the game since 2012 and I’m just getting better every time. I’m here for my island and represent where I’m from. They’re going to know who the first world champion is from this place (Guam).”

Alex Volkanovski
Highly regarded as one of the best fighters from Australia today, Tuck’s opponent Alex “The Hulk” Volkanovski is ready to introduce UFC fans to his action-packed and aggressive fighting style that has made him a fan favorite in the regional circuit. While he feels that the call to fight for UFC has been long overdue, Volkanovski attests that getting signed is just the first step and promises he’s going to be right in the mix for a title shot very soon.

“What you look for, I’ve got. I’ve got the record. I’ve got the knockouts. I believe I’m exciting. I’ve got finishes everywhere. I don’t ever play safe options. I’m always looking for the kill. I’m always doing what the crowd wants. Have me in there and there’s no doubt I’ll put on a performance and get that bonus.”
A photo posted by BJ Penn (@bjpennmma) on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:03pm PDT


The first Filipino MMA champion to fight for UFC, Jenel “The Demolition Man”Lausa still cannot believe it. Fulfilling a dream come true after years of hard work and sacrifice, Lausa is ready to make the most of this opportunity with the world’s premier MMA organization. Hailing from humble origins, Lausa has been able to make a living through his fighting skill and understands that being in UFC will only open more opportunities for him to create a better livelihood for his family.

“When I got the news from my sports agent that UFC will sign me up, I was very happy and excited. It’s a very great opportunity for me; it’s something that I cannot say no to. When it comes to my fight on October 15, I am preparing and training hard for it. I know that my opponent, Yao Zhikui, and I will put on a great show, as we are both very good fighters. Lastly, I want to say thank you to all the people who paved the way for me to be part of the UFC.”

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: LAMAS vs PENNis scheduled on October 15, 2016 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets can be purchased at all SM Tickets outlets or through

UFC Fighters Flagged for Failed USADA Drug Test Since New Policy Implemented

On June 2015, UFC and USADA started the new drug testing program and eversince it was implemented many fighters have failed.

The latest who received suspension for Doping Violation was Chad Mendes. The featherweight contender tested positive for GHRP-6. UFC removed him from Featherweight Rankings.

A temporary suspension for Jon Jones was handed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission until the commission can have a full hearing which will likely happen in September or October. The former light heavyweight champion who is considered one of the greatests in the sport tested positive for clomiphene. Disappoints me much as a fan.

Another one who tested positive for hydroxyl-clomiphene was Brock Lesnar. He may face a maximum two-year suspension from UFC competition but not from WWE because Lesnar is classified as a part-time athlete and thus he’s not subjected to the company’s talent wellness program.

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J.Penn has been suspended by USADA for six months due to out-of-competition IV use. Penn was pulled out of UFC 199 bout with Cole Miller.

UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev tested positive for the Meldonium. Makhachev underwent a radiofrequency ablation procedure in December 2014 and physician recommended to incorporate it into his follow-up treatment. The fighter discontinued use because he was aware that the substance would be prohibited. USADA ruled Makhachev with a ‘No Fault’ for his Meldonium.

George Sullivan voluntarily disclosed information that could pose a potential compliance issue with the Anti-Doping Policy. Sullivan has been removed from his fight with Hector Urbina from the UFC on Fox 20 card.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir joined those who have failed drug tests. The BJJ black belt tested positive for oral turinabol metabolites.

Yoel Romero tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). He was removed out of UFC Rankings. Romero was former No. 2 Middleweight contender.

Machida has been flagged by USADA and admitted the use of 7-Keto DHEA on his pre-fight. He claims he had no idea it was on the banned substances list.

NSAC suspended welterweight Nick Diaz for five years because of the third marijuana-related offense of his career. Diego Brandao also has tested positive for marijuana at UFC 195.

Other fighters in the list are as follows:

▶Ricardo Abreu, Substance: Unspecified
▶Daniel Omielanczuck, Substance: Meldonium
▶Carlos Diego Ferreira, Substance: Ostarine
▶Viscardi Andrade, Substance: Currently unspecified
▶Felipe Olivieri, Substance: Methyltestosterone
▶Tim Means, Substance: Ostarine
▶Abdul Kerim Edilov, Substance: Meldonium
▶Gleison Tibau, Substance: EPO
▶Mirko Cro cop, Substance: Admission of usage of HGH

(List Source: @RyanThomasMMA)

He’s Baaaaaaaack! BJ PENN Officially Comes Out of Retirement

MMA legend BJ Penn has nothing else to prove in the sport of mixed martial arts.  He’s fought and defeated legends of the sport.  In a recent interview on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani he was asked why he decided to come back to the sport,  his answer was classic BJ Penn:
“If I cared about legacy I would have never fought all those guys… I would have never took all these fights.  I think they’re confusing me with someone who actually cares. I don’t care about that stuff. I JUST WANT TO SCRAP!”