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Alex Caceres replaces BJ Penn at UFC 199

Alex Caceres (11-8-0, 1NC) will replace BJ Penn and take on Cole Miller (21-9-0, 1NC) at UFC 199 June 4th.

Caceres won his last fight against Masio Fullen to end a 3-fight losing skid.

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Miller’s last fight was a no-contest against Jim Alers via an accidental eye-poke. He lost a unanimous decision to Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 60.

Penn was provisionally suspended and removed from the card on May 24th  after disclosing to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) he used an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period.

The UFC released the following statement on their website:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Penn has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

UFC will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly, and additional information will be provided by USADA and UFC at the appropriate time as the process involving Penn moves forward.

UFC 199 takes place June 4th in Inglewood, California. Luke Rockhold defends his middleweight belt against Micheal Lisping in the main event, while bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz faces off against rival Uriah Faber in the co-main event.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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