35-Year-Old UFC strawweight 12-5-0
January 5, 2018 Jessica Penne News
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Penne was hit with an 18-month suspension from the USADA following her positive test for a banned substance, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
The out-of-competition sample was collected in March ahead of Penne's bout against Danielle Taylor in Nashville in April. Because of the fact that Penne was notified for a potential doping violation in May, and hasn't fought since, this suspension will be levied retroactive to that fight, meaning that she will be eligible to return to the Octagon on Oct. 23 of 2018. In Penne's case, she was using a supplement that was recommended to her by a physician, but was denied a Therapeutic Use Exemption, although she did win back six months from the possible two-year sanction that was initially in play.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe potential violation stems from an out-of-competition drug test administered on March 20. She still went on to fight and lost a decision to Danielle Taylor at UFC Fight Night on April 22, which makes this situation unique. The original testing did not show any traces of a banned substance, which is the reason for the delay. Penne is now on a provisional suspension while she awaits her adjudication process with the USADA.
Fantasy AnalysisPenne could never quite find the range in this fight, as the speed of Danielle Taylor proved to be a bit too much for the former title challenger. She made a nice adjustment mid-fight, catching Taylor in the clinch to land knees to the body, but it ultimately wasn't enough to take the decision. Penne had taken brutal beatings in her last two fights against Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade, and while this fight was significantly closer, it's clear that the 34-year-old does not belong anywhere near the top of the division. She falls to 12-5 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisPenne couldn't have looked worse if she tried. She spent the entire 7:56 of the bout up against the fence allowing Andrade to tee off on her face. She ate 117 significant strikes, one fight after eating 126 significant strikes against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her title fight last June. So you don't have to do the math yourself, Penne has been on the receiving end of 243 significant strikes in her last 18 minutes or so in the octagon. Everyone knows that Penne's striking game isn't her strength, but she should have the basic knowledge to realize that you can't stand in front of your opposition all night long. Penne fought for a title less than a year ago, but she is now seemingly one poor performance away from losing her job. It's been a stunning turn of events in the last 11 months.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's a testament to Penne's toughness that she lasted as long as she did. She ate an insane 183 significant strikes before referee Marc Goddard finally stepped in to call the contest. She was a bloody, battered mess by the time the bout was over. Penne spent the better part of nearly 15 minutes serving as a punching bag for the champion. She smartly went for several takedowns, knowing she couldn't match Jedrzecjczyk on the feet, but she failed to get the champion to the ground and ended up eating a ton of monster shots, one of which caused her nose to explode. Penne's a good fighter, a top-10 in the female strawweight division, but she's not in Jedrzecjczyk's league. It remains to be seen if anyone is.
Fantasy AnalysisPenne is the former Invicta women's atomweight champion and she is the #3 ranked strawweight by UFC.com, she's no pushover. She should have a big advantage in the submission game, but it remains to be seen if she can get Jedrzecjczyk to the mat. Penne's biggest problem will be handling Joanna's striking. She just isn't strong enough or experienced enough to match Jedrzecjczyk is that area. It seems unlikely that she'll be able to pull the upset, but Penne is +500 according to the Vegas odds and that's a pretty good number for anyone who is looking to take a chance on a competent underdog.