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BJ Penn gets a replacement opponent for UFC 199

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After nearly two years away from the octagon, BJ Penn (16-10-2) was scheduled to come out of retirement to take on Dennis Siver at featherweight on June 4th in Ingelwood, CA. Just days ago, Siver would pull out of said contest due to an undisclosed injury forcing the UFC to find Penn a new opponent of the short notice variety. Enter the man they call “Magrinho,” 18-fight UFC vet Cole Miller (21-9).

Since returning to featherweight for the 1st time since 2006 back in early 2012, Miller has posted a record of 3-3 with one no contest. The NC came in his last bout against Jim Alers; Miller was unable to continue due to an accidental eye poke. For Penn, this will be his 2nd career fight at featherweight and hopefully for him and all of Hawaii it won’t be as bad as his last. Penn adopted an awkward upright stance that we never saw before from the UFC legend against Frankie Edgar at the TUF 19 finale and it just spelled trouble (and elicited confusion) from the get go for this particular fight.

Over his last 7 fights, Penn’s only win came against Matt Hughes it a welterweight bout all the way back at UFC 123 inside of The Palace of Auburn Hills. That 21-second KO over Hughes is Penn’s only victory during this decade thus far. He ended the last one by destroying Diego Sanchez in a bloodbath, retaining his 155 lbs title and appearing to be one of the few unbeatable champions of that time alongside Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. That time has long passed.

Penn will look to turn back the clock under the tutelage of Greg Jackson and company on June 4th when he returns to the cage to take on four time submission of the night winner Cole Miler. The bout will serve as the featured preliminary contest on the FOX Sports 1 portion of the UFC 199 broadcast.

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