Jessica Penne

Jessica Marie Penne[1] (born January 30, 1983) is an professional mixed martial artist. Penne currently competes in the Women's Strawweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[4] She was the first Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. She also competed in the first women's bout in Bellator Fighting Championships.

Jessica Penne
BornJessica Marie Penne[1]
(1983-01-30) January 30, 1983 (age 38)
Newport Beach, California, United States
ResidenceHuntington Beach, California, United States
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
DivisionStrawweight (2014–present)
Atomweight (2006–2014)
Reach67 in (170 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofHuntington Beach, California, United States
TeamAlliance MMA
Kings MMA
Reign MMA (formerly)
SubFighter MMA
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Lucas Leite[3]
Brown belt in Judo
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission7
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Penne was born in Newport Beach, California, on January 30, 1983. Penne graduated from Diamond Bar High School, participating on the softball and swimming teams.[5] Next at Cal State Fullerton, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit


In May 2009, Penne became the first woman to compete and win a bout in the Bellator Fighting Championships organization when she fought at Bellator 5 against Tammie Schneider in a 117-pound catchweight bout. She won the fight via TKO (punches) in the first round.[7]

In August 2010, Penne met future Bellator Strawweight Champion Zoila Gurgel in the opening quarterfinal round of the Bellator Season 3 115 lb women's tournament at Bellator 25.[8] Penne lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Shoot BoxingEdit

In September 2011, Penne agreed to fight two-time Girls S-Cup champion Rena Kubota in a shoot boxing bout in Japan. Shoot boxing allows kicks, punches, knees, throws, and standing submissions (chokeholds, armlocks and wristlocks).[10] Penne was added to the Shoot Boxing 2011: Act 4 fight card against Rena Kubota a week before the event.[11] Penne beat the heavily favored Kubota in a significant upset. The bout was ruled a majority draw after the first three scheduled rounds with scores of 29–29, 29–29, and 30–29 (Penne). The fight then went to a fourth extension round, which was judged a split draw with scores of 10–9 (Kubota), 10–9 (Penne), and 10–10. The fifth and final round went to the scorecards as well and Penne was awarded the majority decision (10–9, 10–9, and 9–9).[12]

Invicta FCEdit

In February 2012, it was announced that Penne was signed by the upstart all-women's promotion Invicta Fighting Championships.[13]

On April 28, 2012, Penne made her Invicta debut at their inaugural event entitled Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen, against Lisa Ellis in the co-main event. She won the fight via TKO (strikes) at 2:48 of round 3.[14]

Penne competed once again for Invicta on October 6, 2012, this time headlining Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama against the then-#1 ranked Atomweight fighter in the world and Jewels 105-pound champion, Naho Sugiyama. The fight marked the first championship bout in Invicta's history, in any weight class. Penne became Invicta's first Atomweight champion when she defeated Sugiyama in the second round via triangle choke.[15]

Penne's first defense of the championship headlined Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson when she defended against Michelle Waterson on April 5, 2013.[16][17][18] Penne lost the fight and the championship via armbar submission in the fourth round.[19][20]

Penne faced Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013.[21] She defeated Rivera-Calanoc by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[22][23] Penne received a "Submission of the Night" bonus for the victory.[24]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

On July 3, 2014, it was announced that Penne was one of 16 contestants on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez, which would crown the Ultimate Fighting Championship's first strawweight champion.[25]

Penne was the fifth pick by coach Anthony Pettis. She faced Lisa Ellis in the preliminary round of the tournament and won via submission in the first round. She defeated fellow Team Pettis teammate Aisling Daly in the quarterfinals via decision win. In the semifinal round, she lost to her friend Carla Esparza by decision.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Penne made her UFC debut on December 12, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale, facing fellow semifinalist Randa Markos on the main card.[26] Penne won the back-and-forth fight by split decision (28–29, 30–27, and 29–28). The bout also won Penne her first Fight of the Night bonus award from the promotion.[27]

Strawweight title shotEdit

Penne was scheduled to face Juliana Lima on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[28] However, Penne was pulled from that bout in favor of a match-up with UFC Women's Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk on June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69, after that event's headliner bout fell apart.[29] She lost the fight in the third round via TKO following a flurry of punches and a knee against the cage. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[30][31]

Post title shotEdit

In her first fight following her title shot loss, Penne faced Jéssica Andrade on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199. She lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Penne next faced Danielle Taylor on April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov. She lost the fight via unanimous decision.

On May 10, 2017, it was announced that Penne had been flagged by USADA for anti-doping violation from a March 2017 out of competition sample. Originally reported as negative, athlete biological passport abnormalities caused USADA to re-analyse the sample using Isotope-ratio mass spectrometry which detected an anabolic steroid of exogenous origin. [32] On January 5, 2018, Penne was suspended for 18 months, a reduction of 6 months due to her taking a DHEA supplement on a physicians recommendation. She was eligible to compete in October 2018.[33]

Penne was scheduled to face Jodie Esquibel on February 17, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 1.[34] At the weigh-ins, Penne weighed in at 118 pounds, 2 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight upper limit of 116 pounds. As a result, the bout was expected at catchweight and Penne was fined 20% of her purse which went to her opponent Esquibel.[35] However, Penne then injured her ankle on the morning of the fight and the bout was cancelled.[36] The pair was rescheduled to meet on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[37] However, it was reported on April 18, 2019 that Penne pulled out of the bout due to an injury, and she was replaced by Angela Hill.[38]

4 years ban from a drug test failureEdit

Penne is currently facing a four-year ban from competition from the United States Anti Doping Agency, following a second infraction of the USADA program. A GoFundMe page was set up to prepare lawsuit against USADA, however in early February Penne's manager closed it down due to favorable progress with USADA.[39][40] On February 28, 2020, it was reported that the suspension reduced from four years to 20 months. The suspension was retroactive from April 8, 2019 and Penne is eligible to fight again in December 8, 2020.

Returning to competition after suspensionEdit

Penne's first fight after USADA suspension was scheduled to take place on March 27, 2021 against Hannah Goldy at UFC 260.[41] However, Goldy pulled out of the fight on March 24, due to testing positive for COVID-19, and the bout was scrapped.[42] The pairing was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN 22 on April 17, 2021.[43] A week before the bout, Goldy pulled out of the event and she was replaced by LFA Women's Strawweight champion Lupita Godinez. [44]

Fighting styleEdit

Penne is a kickboxer who also utilizes grappling and jiu-jitsu.[45] While standing, she often attacks with hooks, body kicks, and knees from a clinch.[46][47] Penne regularly attempts to take opponents to the mat, normally with clinches, trips, or takedown reversals.[46][47] During a grappling session, she will usually attack with strikes before attempting a submission.[46] Penne earned her black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Lucas Leite in January 2015.[48]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 12 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 2
By submission 7 1
By decision 3 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–5 Danielle Taylor Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 12–4 Jéssica Andrade TKO (punches) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 2 2:56 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 12–3 Joanna Jędrzejczyk TKO (punches and knee) UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne June 20, 2015 3 4:22 Berlin, Germany For the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 12–2 Randa Markos Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale December 12, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Strawweight. Fight of the Night.
Win 11–2 Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 1 4:57 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 10–2 Michelle Waterson Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 4 2:31 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Lost the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship.
Win 10–1 Naho Sugiyama Submission (triangle choke) Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012 2 2:20 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Won the Invicta FC Atomweight Championship.
Win 9–1 Lisa Ellis TKO (punches) Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen April 28, 2012 3 2:48 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 8–1 Amy Davis Submission (rear-naked choke) The Cage Inc.: Battle at the Border 7 November 19, 2010 1 4:17 Hankinson, North Dakota, United States Atomweight debut.
Loss 7–1 Zoila Frausto Decision (unanimous) Bellator 25 August 19, 2010 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Bellator Season 3 Strawweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 7–0 Angela Magaña Submission (rear-naked choke) Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble September 25, 2009 2 4:10 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 Tammie Schneider TKO (punches) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 1 1:35 Dayton, Ohio, United States Catchweight (117 lb) bout.
Win 5–0 Alicia Gumm Decision (unanimous) RMBB: Caged Vengeance November 8, 2008 2 5:00 Sheridan, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0 Heather Basquil Decision (unanimous) Fist Series: WinterFist 2008 February 20, 2008 3 3:00 Orange County, California, United States
Win 3–0 Sumie Sakai Submission (armbar) FFF 2: Girls Night Out July 14, 2007 3 0:33 Compton, California, United States
Win 2–0 Brandy Nerney Submission (rear-naked choke) FFF 1: Asian Invasion February 17, 2007 1 1:20 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 Sally Krumdiack Submission (arm-triangle choke) HOOKnSHOOT: The Women Return November 18, 2006 1 4:20 Evansville, Indiana, United States


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Carla Esparza Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned December 10, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Semifinal round
Win 2–0 Aisling Daly Decision (unanimous) November 26, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 TUF 20 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–0 Lisa Ellis Submission (rear-naked choke) September 24, 2014 (airdate) 1 3:46 TUF 20 Elimination round

Shoot boxing recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Rena Kubota Decision (majority) Shoot Boxing 2011: Act 4 September 10, 2011 5 (Ex.2) 3:00 Koto, Tokyo, Japan

See alsoEdit


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New championship 1st Invicta FC Atomweight Champion
October 6, 2012 - April 5, 2013
Succeeded by
Michelle Waterson