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B.J. Penn sentenced to one-year probation

B.J. Penn was sentenced to probation for one year and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution Tuesday for an incident outside a Waikiki nightclub in 2005 where he allegedly punched a police officer, the Honolulu Advisor reports.

Penn pleaded no contest this past August to drop the felony assault charge to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault. As part of his plea agreement, Penn will be required to perform 50 hours of community service and complete substance abuse treatment.

"I want to thank the fans for the support and for sticking by me through thick and thin," Penn said in the Honolulu Advisor report. "It's time to move on with my life and focus on my career. I'm glad it's done."

Penn's next bout will go on as scheduled now that he has avoided jail time. The former UFC welterweight champion will face Joe Stevenson for the lightweight title at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in Newcastle, England.

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