UFC Addresses BJ Penn Sexual Assault Allegations

Written by Tom Ngo
February 18th, 2016


Two days after a former writer for BJPenn.com accused former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (pictured) of sexually assaulting his girlfriend, the UFC has decided to postpone Penn’s return to the cage until after an independent third party conducts a thorough investigation into the shocking claims.

“UFC is aware of the recent allegations made against BJ Penn,” the UFC expressed in Thursday’s statement. “The organization requires all athletes who compete in the UFC to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as detailed in the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate violations of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of proper review and this situation, as with any serious allegation, will be investigated by an independent party and thoroughly reviewed by the UFC. The UFC organization will also cooperate with any law enforcement investigation. In light of the serious allegations, UFC has postponed plans to book Penn for an upcoming bout until more details are determined.

“UFC holds athletes who compete in the organization to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action, if and when warranted. It is important to note that Penn is considered innocent until proven guilty and UFC is not prejudging this matter.”

Pedro Alex Carrasco, who states he has worked with Penn for 10 years before leaving BJPenn.com in October, unleashed a flurry of tweets Tuesday claiming to have proof that Penn forced himself on his Playboy girlfriend.

Carrasco also claims Penn has been a cocaine addict since he was a kid.

Cynthia Vance, an MMA photographer, quickly came to Carrasco’s defense by stating, though she was not present during the alleged sexual assault, “I 100% believe Pedro’s girlfriend.”

Last month, Penn came out of retirement for the third time and was planning on making a run at the featherweight title. If successful, the 37-year-old would become the only fighter in UFC history to capture belts in three different divisions.

Penn was planning on returning to action at UFC 197 in July.

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