Jessica Penne
Facing potential four-year ban
strawweightUFC
January 10, 2020
The USADA indicated Friday that Penne has tested positive for stanozolol and has decided to contest her case in front of an independent arbitrator, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports. She posted on social media earlier in the day she is facing a four-year ban that would end her career.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what Penne's plans are moving forward, but it doesn't seem like she will appear in an octagon anytime soon. More information on the subject should surface as it plays out in the coming days and weeks.
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Replaced for fight vs. Esquibel
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April 19, 2019
Penne will not fight Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, and Angela Hill will step into the octagon instead, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Penne was supposed to fight Esquibel in February, but she injured her ankle the morning of the event. The bout will be delayed again, and Penne's friend and training partner, Hill, will step in to face Esquibel.
Fight vs. Esquibel re-booked
strawweightUFC
March 14, 2019
Penne will take on Jodie Esquibel in a strawweight bout at UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be the second time Penne is booked to take on Esquibel, and things couldn't have gone less smooth back in February.. Not only did Penne come in two pounds over the strawweight limit, but she then withdrew from the fight after suffering a severe ankle sprain. Now, after what will be almost a month and a half off, Penne will look to earn her first victory in the octagon since 2014.
Dealing with ankle sprain
strawweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Penne withdrew from Sunday's fight against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Phoenix after sustaining a severe ankle sprain, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Penne came in two pounds over the strawweight limit at 118 pounds Saturday, but the ankle sprain she apparently suffered Sunday morning is the cause of her withdrawal. It remains unclear how long Penne will need to recover, but the damage is already done as Sunday's card will continue with only 12 bouts.
Fight in Phoenix called off
strawweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Penne will no longer face Jodie Esquibel at UFC Phoenix on Sunday, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Penne did miss weight for the matchup by two pounds, but according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, she withdrew due to an undisclosed injury. Sunday's card will move forward with 12 scheduled bouts.
Misses mark for UFC Phoenix
strawweightUFC
February 16, 2019
Penne weighed in at 118 pounds Saturday morning -- two pounds over the strawweight limit -- for her matchup against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Phoenix, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Penne's first weight cut since April of 2017 did not go well, but the fight will go on after she surrenders 20 percent of her fight purse to Esquibel. The 36-year-old Penne is fresh off an 18-month USADA suspension, and is looking to snap a three-fight losing streak in the UFC. Granted, at least two of those losses have been to elite competition, but if she's not competitive Saturday, the clock might be ticking on her fighting career. Nonetheless, she remains approximately a (-140) betting favorite as of Saturday night, though she did open at (-185) for the strawweight matchup.