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Morning Report: B.J. Penn hopes for a short suspension, plans to return after USADA ‘speed bump’

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Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion B.J.Penn says he doesn’t think Greg Jackson would let this USADA suspension be the thing that keeps him from returning.

Perhaps he should have stayed retired.

In January B.J. Penn announced he was coming out of retirement to return to the UFC. Feeling the urge to get back to fighting, Penn began training at the fabled Jackson-Winklejohn camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico with MMA guru/”sport killer” Greg Jackson who he seems to connect with. The pair have been pleased with Penn’s progress and Penn is hopeful about his chances to make a real title run; however, his path back to the octagon has been a bumpy one.

In February, Penn was accused of sexually assaulting a former employee’s girlfriend. The seriousness of the accusations forced the UFC to delay Penn’s return which had been targeted for UFC 196. In April, police began an investigation into the allegations. Ultimately, no charges were filed against Penn and a private investigation by the UFC allowed him to return to competition. Penn was then booked for a featherweight bout against Dennis Siver at UFC 199 but now that fight is off as well.

As reported on Monday, Penn was withdrawn from the bout due to a USADA violation, using a non-permitted IV infusion. Yesterday, Penn spoke with KHON2 News in Hawaii about the incident.

“I wasn’t aware that I couldn’t take an IV 365 days a year. I got an IV back in March and USADA came to do a test. We did the test and they asked me, when was the last time I got an IV. I told them ‘the week before’ and that’s it. We’re not being investigated for any banned substances or nothing like that. It’s just [that] ….View full article

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