UFC Hall-of-Famer Hilo’s BJ Penn will officially return to the octagon on the UFC 199 card in Los Angeles, facing Dennis Siver in a featherweight fight on June 4.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the bout to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday.
Penn will enter the cage for the first time since 2014 when he lost to Frankie Edgar via TKO, announcing his retirement in the octagon after the bout was over.
The loss to Edgar, left him 0-3-1 in his last four fights, leaving his legendary career record at 16-10-1.
In December, Penn reached out to coach Greg Jackson, joining his former rivals camp in New Mexico, joining a roster of championship fighters which include Jon Jones, Holly Holm, and John Dodson.
The fight announcement also comes on the heels of an investigation done by the UFC after Penn was accused of allegedly assaulting the girlfriend of a former employee at his website, BJPenn.com.
While stunning allegations were made, no charges were ever brought against Penn and he denied any wrongdoing in the matter immediately.
After being cleared from the allegations, at 37 years of age, the UFC hall of famer will look for his first win in the octagon since 2010.
According to KHON2 Mixed Martial Arts Analyst, and fellow Hall of Famer Frank Trigg, training with Jackson gives Penn his best chance at being victorious in his return.
“It’s the only place, honestly, out of every camp that’s out there, it’s the only camp that BJ will be able to excel at. Somehow, Someway, they take amazing athletes and make them more mentally strong, and really that’s the only hiccup you see in Bj’s armor. Sometimes he just calls in the fight, just calls in the training camp. I talked to Greg Jackson about a week ago, and he said he now has to kick BJ out of the gym. He won’t go home, he wants to just keep learning, keep getting better” said, Trigg.
Penn’s opponent, Siver (22-11) is also 37 and hos gone 1-3-1 in his last five fights, including back to back losses to Conor McGregor and Tatsuya Kawajiri.Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. He has been involved in the combat sports industry, in some capacity, for more than 15 years.As a fighter, Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2015.