Dennis Siver injury leaves B.J. Penn in need of return opponent at UFC 199 next month

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

An injury to Dennis Siver has taken him out of a planned fight with B.J. Penn at UFC 199, and the UFC is seeking a replacement for the UFC Hall of Famer’s return to the cage.

The injury removal was first reported by Penn’s website,

Penn hasn’t fought since July of 2014, where he was beaten up by Frankie Edgar en route to a third round TKO. He’s got just one win in seven fights dating back to 2009. As for Siver, the injury means his layoff will extend beyond a year, as he last fought in June of 2014, dropping a decision to Tatsuya Kawajiri.

UFC 199 airs live on pay-per-view from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on June 4, headlined by the Middleweight Championship rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.

Penick’s Analysis: The Siver fight made a lot of sense as far as a featherweight return was concerned, and Penn may have to consider some lightweight opponents in order to stay on this UFC 199 card next month. We’ll see what route they take soon enough.

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