UFC announced it will cancel Fight Night 97 and reschedule the bout between Ricardo Lamas and BJ Penn, which was originally set for Saturday, Oct. 15, after Penn suffered a rib injury that leaves him unable to compete.
"I suffered a rib injury in training, and I apologize to the fans in Manila who were expecting to watch me compete," Penn said in a statement. “I hope to be back in the Octagon soon.”
The severity of Penn's injury is unclear at this time. The former lightweight and welterweight champion was scheduled to take on Ricardo Lamas in his first bout since losing to Frankie Edgar in July 2014.
John Morgan of MMAjunkie reported Penn's injury on Tuesday, noting UFC was looking for a last-minute replacement that would allow the card to go forward. The short notice of the bout made it impossible, and UFC will attempt to reschedule the main event at some point in the future. UFC did not announce a make-up date, noting its 2016 calendar was already set.
This is the fourth time Penn's anticipated return to the Octagon has been delayed. He was initially expected to fight Dennis Siver at UFC 197 and Cole Miller
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