After BJ Penn’s withdrawal, UFC cancels subsequent week’s UFC Fight Night 97 eventuality in Philippines

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Unable to secure a deputy foe in time for subsequent week’s UFC Fight Night 97 headliner, UFC officials have inaugurated to throw a event.

The promotion today announced that following UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn’s preference to repel from a designed foe with Ricardo Lamas, it has inaugurated to call off a whole card.

MMAjunkie reliable with a UFC central that a remaining 19 fighters on a label all will be awarded their engaged uncover income notwithstanding not competing. A UFC matter pronounced a fighters on a label will be rebooked for destiny events, yet it’s not certain if a strange matchups will sojourn intact.

UFC Fight Night 97 was approaching to take place Oct. 15 during SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The whole eventuality was to tide on UFC Fight Pass.

The UFC has canceled events on dual before occasions. UFC 151 was scrapped in Las Vegas in Sep 2012 after Dan Henderson had to lift out of a pretension quarrel opposite then-light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, and Jones now infamously declined to take a short-notice quarrel opposite Chael Sonnen. And UFC 176, scheduled for Aug 2014 in Los Angeles, was canceled when then-featherweight champ Jose Aldo pulled out of a quarrel with Chad Mendes a month before a fight.

UFC Fight Night 97 will symbol a initial time a non-pay-per-view has been scrapped by a promotion. It was to be a UFC’s second outing to a Philippines following UFC Fight Night 66 in May 2015. The graduation hopes to reschedule another eventuality in Manila during a destiny date. Fans who had purchased tickets to UFC Fight Night 97 should find refunds during a indicate of purchase, a UFC recover said.

B.J. Penn

As MMAjunkie initial reported, Penn pulled out of UFC Fight Night 97 progressing this week, citing damage as a culprit. He was attempting a quip after retirement, that came following a Jul 2014 TKO detriment to Frankie Edgar. That was his third true reversal during a widen that saw him go 1-5-1 starting when he mislaid his lightweight pretension to Edgar in Apr 2010.

“I suffered a rib damage in training and we apologize to a fans in Manila who were awaiting to watch me compete,” Penn stated. “I wish to be behind in a Octagon soon.”

Penn announced in Jan he designed to lapse to foe and started training during Jackson-Wink MMA. He was approaching to lapse during UFC 197 in April, though a rapist review kept him off that card. He was requisitioned to quarrel Dennis Siver, who was transposed by Cole Miller, during UFC 199 in June, though was private after he self-disclosed holding an IV for rehydration out of competition. The use of IVs for rehydration is criminialized year-round.

Lamas was anticipating to get behind in a win mainstay after a unanimous preference detriment to Max Holloway during UFC 199, that gave him dual waste in his past 3 fights. Lamas fought Jose Aldo for a featherweight pretension in Feb 2014 and mislaid a decision, though is only 3-2 given then.

The proclamation comes during a time of domestic change in a country. Earlier this week, new Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte pronounced U.S. President Barack Obama could “go to hell” and threatened to reconfigure his unfamiliar process in regards to his nation’s exchange with America. He pronounced he could breeze adult “breaking up” with a U.S. and instead would go to China or Russia as a pivotal tactful partner. That comes in a arise of a U.S. State Department’s critique of Duterte’s crackdown on bootleg drug users and drug dealers, in that thousands of people have been killed. The personality also compared himself to Adolf Hitler this past week – comparing holding out drug dealers and users to Hitler holding out Jews during a Holocaust.

Prior to today’s announcement, a UFC Fight Night 97 lineup included:


  • Ricardo Lamas vs. foe TBA
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Yao Zhikui
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Cole Miller


  • Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson
  • Jon Tuck vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Janes vs. Dongi Yang
  • Seo Hee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor
  • James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

For some-more on UFC Fight Night 97, check out a UFC Rumors territory of a site.

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