The return of BJ Penn has been an exciting prospect for MMA fans. Although going winless in his last four bouts and seemingly entering semi-retirement for a year and a half, "The Prodigy" soon caught the fighting bug once again. The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ has been training with MMA guru Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, N.M., stating his intentions with his return.
Originally intending to return at UFC 196 in March and then at UFC 197 in April, the UFC and Penn finally settled on UFC 199 with Dennis Siver set to be the opponent. Now those plans have been abandoned, with Siver being forced to pull out of the bout due to injury.
Thankfully for BJ, there's still time until UFC 199, which takes place on June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. It looks like the UFC wasted no time in finding an opponent for the UFC veteran, as the company announced Cole Miller as Siver's replacement.
Miller (21-9, 1 NC) last fight was against Jim Alers at UFC on FOX 17. Alers accidentally poked Miller in the eye in the second round, resulting in a no-contest.
The penultimate event before the 200th milestone show will see a headline middleweight championship fight between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, as well as the highly anticipated bantamweight title bout between Dominick Cruz and Uriah Faber.