USADA Violation Forces B.J. Penn Off UFC 199 Card
B.J. Penn is off the UFC 199 card after disclosing IV use to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Penn was given a provisional suspension by the UFC and pulled from his comeback fight against Cole Miller scheduled for June 4, 2016.
The UFC announced the suspension on their official website.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation,” the statement read. “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.
B.J. Penn admitted to the disclosure but also stated he thought it was only against the rules when you are rehydrating after a weight cut. He released a statement on his official website that read:
“I voluntarily disclosed to USADA that during a non-fight period that I had an IV administered under the care of a doctor.
“The rule for IV usage had changed since my last fight in the UFC and was unaware of the change and voluntarily disclosed the information to USADA. I had no idea that IV use was banned 365 days a year.
“At no time in my career in martial arts have I ever doped and anticipate all test results from USADA will come back clean and will be working with the UFC to get the matter cleared up and return to fight as soon as possible.”