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UFC releases statement on B.J. Penn investigation

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The UFC made official on Wednesday the return of UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn, as well as the results of an investigation conducted into allegations of misconduct.

Penn, 37, will meet Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout at UFC 199 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., his first fight since announcing his retirement in the summer of 2014. The bout was initially reported by Yahoo Sports.

The former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion announced his intentions to return earlier in the year, but was put on hold when a string of sexual assault allegations surfaced.

Thursday, the UFC released a formal statement on the matter, which noted that no actions, civil or criminal, have been taken against Penn involving the allegations, but reserved the right to act based should new information come to light.

"Following a review of the matter by Campbell & Williams, a Las Vegas-based law firm hired by UFC to evaluate the situation, UFC has been informed that no criminal or civil charges have been filed against Penn to date, nor has any action been taken by local law enforcement. It should be noted that UFC reserves the right to reevaluate the matter should new information be made available," the UFC statement read.

Penn (16-10-2), who has been training at Jackson's MMA in preparation for his comeback, is just one of two fighters who has held championships in multiple weight classes. But he was 1-5-1 in his last seven fights, which included three losses to Frankie Edgar.

Siver (22-11, 1 NC) is 1-3 in his last four, dropping fights last year to Conor McGregor and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

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