Penn Still Scheduled For UFC 237 Fight
Even with recent accusations of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse aimed at B.J. Penn, the former two-division champion is still set to face Clay Guida at UFC 237.
Last week, it was reported that Penn’s former partner Shelean Uaiwa, filed and was granted a restraining order against Penn. Within the report, Uaiwa detailed verbal threats, physical violence, and sexual abuse towards the mother of Penn’s two daughters.
“BJ is in a highly-contested child custody case involving his two young daughters,” a statement posted to BJPenn.com read last week. “The order of protection has made serious allegations against BJ. The allegations are so misleading, hurtful and false that any further comment by BJ or about BJ would cause more damage to the well-being of his children and potentially further inflame the pending custody proceedings. BJ and his family ask that you respect their privacy at this very difficult time.”
On Saturday, ESPN reporter Aaron Bronstater said that UFC President Dana White affirmed Penn’s place on the May 11th card, but that the UFC planned to look into the situation.
Last night, Dana White told me that “as far as he knows” BJ Penn is still competing at UFC 237, but he says that he needs to find out more information about Penn’s situation and that the UFC plans to look into it further.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 14, 2019
While the UFC in the past had a no-tolerance policy in-regards to allegations of domestic abuse, they’ve taken these situations with a case-by-case basis over the past few years.
Report via MMA Mania