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UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn is coming out of retirement

The former lightweight and welterweight champion will return to the Octagon after a two-year lay-off at UFC 199.

BJ Penn.
BJ Penn.
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BJ PENN WILL make his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 199.

The UFC Hall of Famer, who became only the second fighter to win titles in multiple divisions by claiming the welterweight and lightweight belts during a glittering career, has been out action since retiring after his loss to Frankie Edgar in July 2014.

However, the 37-year-old (16-10-2) is back in training in New Mexico with coach Greg Jackson and it has been confirmed by UFC president Dana White that he will take on Denis Siver at featherweight in Los Angeles on 4 June.

Penn had originally planned to make his comeback at UFC 196 but a bout with Nik Lentz fell through.

Then a return at UFC 197 later this month was put on hold after a former employee of Penn’s website claimed he sexually assaulted his girlfriend. The Hawaiian fighter released a statement denying the accusations and an internal UFC investigation did not find substantial evidence to back them up.

Siver (22-11, 1 NC) last fought back in June when he lost out to Tatsuya Kawajiri by unanimous decision. It was his second defeat in a row after going down to Conor McGregor by TKO in January 2015.

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