UFC Fight Night Manila Cancelled Following Injury to B.J. Penn

Fight Network Staff / October 6, 2016 - 1:16pm

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UFC Fight Night Manila is postponed.

The event which was scheduled for Saturday, October 15, where the main card was to be aired LIVE in Canada on Fight Network.

Unfortunately, featherweight headliner B.J. Penn suffered an injury Tuesday as first reported by MMAjunkie.

The UFC released the following statement below:

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 the point of purchase.