Penn receives 6 month suspension for anti-doping violation

June 27, 2016

B.J. Penn has agreed to a six-month suspension as a result of a violation of the UFC anti-doping policy.  The suspension will be retroactive to March 25th, the date he admitted using a banned IV.

Penn admitted to the violation during an out-of-competition sample collection.  Penn claimed he did not know of the rule.  As a result, his return to the octagon at UFC 199 was scrapped.  Due to his admission and full cooperation with USADA’s investigation, he received the reduction in suspension.

Payout Perspective:

A fairly short suspension for Penn as he could return this fall.  We are seeing that its beneficial to settle with USADA rather than fight a suspension.  One would think Penn’s admission and cooperation helped with the relatively short penalty.

6 Responses to “Penn receives 6 month suspension for anti-doping violation”

  1. No fair! on June 28th, 2016 12:13 AM

    Thank you UFC/USADA. Now, instead of juiced fighters we have injured fighters who can’t compete. On the other hand, Lesnar gets the benefit of a doubt and “somehow” passes every anti-doping test even though he’s always been roided.

    Yeah, thank you for ruining the sport.

  2. Diego on June 28th, 2016 4:43 AM

    Dumb rule. Get rid of it. The only time IVs should be banned is between weigh-ins and the fight.

  3. Diego on June 28th, 2016 11:16 AM

    No fair! – Mayweather also got the benefit of the doubt.

  4. fight fan on June 28th, 2016 4:14 PM

    Lol don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time

  5. Diego on June 30th, 2016 7:35 AM

    Really? That’s a crime? Getting and IV when you’re dehydrated is standard medical treatment. Not sure how that’s criminal.

  6. fight fan on June 30th, 2016 8:25 PM

    Rules are rules and Bj should have known better, no excuses

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