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UFC Fight Night 97 Called Off

ufc fight night 97

Without providing a definite timetable, the UFC announced Thursday that the upcoming UFC Fight Night 97 event set for the Philippines is off after BJ Penn was injured.

The former UFC champion was to return after a two-year hiatus and meet Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight affair on UFC Fight Pass.

Below is the complete press release:

UFC announced today that it will reschedule its UFC Fight Night event planned for Oct. 15 in Manila, Philippines due to the loss of the main event. Former UFC champion BJ Penn was forced to withdraw from the main event bout with Ricardo Lamas due to injury.

“I suffered a rib injury in training and I apologize to the fans in Manila who were expecting to watch me compete,” Penn said. “I hope to be back in the Octagon soon.”

Athletes scheduled to compete on the Oct. 15 card will be rebooked at upcoming UFC events in the near future. Each athlete set to compete on Oct. 15 will also receive compensation due to the card being rescheduled. With its 2016 calendar finalized, UFC officials will discuss future dates for the event.

“SMLEI and UFC will continue to work together in the future to deliver exciting live events for fans,” Edgar Tejerero, President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. said.

Fans who have purchased tickets to the event should seek refunds at their point of purchase.

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