Former two division UFC champion BJ Penn was recently hit with a restraining order by estranged girlfriend Shealen Uaiwa, citing various forms of abuse and drug usage in the order.
While Penn has yet to comment on the situation, a statement has been issued on the fighter’s behalf through his team, with that statement being issued through BJPenn.com:
“BJ is in a highly-contested child custody case involving his two young daughters. The order of protection has made serious allegations against BJ. The allegations are so, misleading, hurtful and false that any further comment by BJ or about BJ would cause more damage to the well-being of his children and potentially further inflame the pending custody proceedings. BJ and his family ask that you respect their privacy at this very difficult time.”
There has been no comment from the UFC on the matter at this time.
Penn is still scheduled to fight Clay Guida next month at UFC 237, which could mark the retirement fight for the former two division UFC champion.
UFC 237 takes place on Saturday, May 11 from the Arena Da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil with Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.