Jessica Penne


No-shows UFC 285 loss
March 4, 2023
Penne lost to Tabatha Ricci via submission (armbar) at 2:14 of Round 2 at UFC 285 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
If the UFC wants to continue to run Penne out there at age 40, it needs to be exceedingly careful regarding who they match her up against, and that most certainly was not the case in this one. Jessica had zero chance at handling the wrestling game of Ricci given the latter's edge in speed, strength and athleticism. Penne spent north of five minutes (5:14) of the brief bout plastered to the mat and generated zero offense of her own. Jessica has now lost back-to-back fights and is just 2-5 in her last seven overall.
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Rematch date set
November 24, 2022
Penne will take on Tabatha Ricci in a strawweight bout set for March 4 at UFC 285 in Las Vegas, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
sPenne was expected to face Ricci back on Oct. 1 at UFC Vegas 61 but fell ill, and the two fighters will now get another opportunity to square off. At 5-foot-5, Penne boasts a serious height advantage over the 5-foot-1 Ricci.
Fight canceled due to illness
September 30, 2022
Penne will no longer face Tabatha Ricci at UFC Vegas 61 on Saturday after the fight was canceled due to Penne falling ill, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Penne initially stepped in to replace Cheyanne Vlismas (personal) on the Oct. 1 card, but the UFC was forced to scrap the fight altogether after Penne was unable to be cleared to participate due to an undisclosed illness. As a result, Penne will work to get healthy before her next fight is scheduled.
Filling in as replacement
August 29, 2022
Penne will take on Tabatha Ricci in a bantamweight bout at a UFC event on Oct. 1, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Penne will step in for Cheyanne Vlismas, who withdrew as the result of a personal matter. The 5-foot-5 fighter will have a significant height advantage over her 5-foot-1 opponent in Tabatha Ricci. Penne currently holds a 3-4 record in the UFC, and she will look to build upon her resume against Ricci.
Opens card with decision loss
July 16, 2022
Penne lost to Emily Ducote via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC on ABC 3 on Saturday on Long Island.
Facing and younger and more athletic opponent, Penne struggled to get out of first gear for the duration of the bout. Penne was peppered by low kicks from Ducote the entire fight and was never able to make an adjustment. She attempted eight takedowns in hopes of changing the momentum and failed on every single one of them. Penne is the oldest strawweight on the UFC roster at age 39. She missed nearly four years worth of action from April 2017 to April 2021 due to a USADA suspension. Penne bought herself some breathing room with back-to-back victories over Lupita Godinez and Karolina Kowalkiewicz entering this fight, but she once again needs a rebound performance her next time out.
Ducote replacing Fortino
June 1, 2022
Penne will now fight Emily Ducote in a strawweight fight at UFC Long Island, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Penne was originally scheduled to fight Brianna Fortino at UFC Long Island, though she will now face Emily Ducote. Penne enters the Octagon looking to stretch her win streak to three, her last victory coming in 2021. Standing at 5-foot-5, Penne has a three inch height advantage, while also having a three inch reach advantage as well. Penne will look to take the inexperienced Ducote to the ground. Ducote is making her UFC debut against a seasoned veteran in Penne, who sports a 2-3 UFC record.