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Who is Jessica Penne?
Jessica Marie Penne is recognized as an American mixed martial artist specializing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is listed among the top MMA fighters. Remarkably, she was the first Atom-weight Champion of Invicta FC. Besides, she also took part in Bellator Fighting Championships’ inaugural female fight.
Moreover, Jessica Penne is among the few martial artists and artisans from the United States who is consistently defeating her opponents in the Women’s Straw-weight Division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship of the present.
In particular, she has eight entries in continuous history and fourteen victories out of nineteen matches, including two knockouts. Further, she triumphed in the first female match in Bellator history by winning the Atom-weight Championship at Bellator 5.
Profile of Jessica Penne
|Full Name||Jessica Marie Penne|
|Popular As||Jessica Penne|
|Birthdate||30th January, 1983|
|Place of Birth||Newport Beach, California, USA|
|Race / Ethnicity||White|
|Age||39 Years Old|
|Height||5’5” (165 cm)|
|Net Worth||$1.5 Million USD|
Jessica Penne is one well-known American professional mixed martial artists with a history of knocking out opponents in the Women’s Straw-weight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Early-life, Education & Family Background
Jessica Penne, originally Jessica Marie Penne was born on 30th January, 1983 in Newport Beach, California, United States and is currently 39 years old as of July 2022. The famed MMA fighter typically prefers to keep her private affairs out of the public eye and hardly ever discusses her family in open forums. However, it has been reported that she is of Italian American descent while her father was the first member of his Italian family to be born in the country.
Additionally, some of her family members still reside in Turin, Italy, where her family originates from. Further, she shares close bond with her parents and her admiration towards then is frequently seen in the social sphere. In the meantime, she has also posted lovely photos of her family members on her social media accounts.
Meanwhile, there’s nothing disclosed about her education qualification as well as her family background, parents and siblings.
Jessica Penne’s Professional MMA Career
Jessica Penne made her debut as a professional MMA fighter somewhere around 2000s. Based on official reports, it was revealed in February 2012 that Penne had been signed by the fledgling all-organization women’s Invicta Fighting Championships. Thereafter, she competed in the tournament representing Invicta on 6th October, 2012. Apparently, the contest served as Invicta’s inaugural title match in any weight division. In the meantime, Penne earned the inaugural Atomweight title for Invicta.
In the following year, Penne competed in a match which was praised and named the 2013 Fight of the Year by the Women’s MMA Awards. Similarly, on 3rd July, 2014, she was announced as one of the 16 competitors on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez, which would determine the first straw-weight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Eventually, Jessica also made her UFC debut on 12th December, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter. Impressively, she also won her first Fight of the Night bonus from the organization.
Nonetheless, her skills won her the ‘2012 Laday Violence Award’. In addition, she also claimed a number of Ultimate Fighting Championship competitions, such as Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night. Besides, she has also participated to an Invicta Fighting Championship Submission of the Night event. As of 25th April, 2022, Jessica is one of the top 14 candidates for the UFC women’s straw-weight positions.
Honors & Achievements
Since her first appearance, Jessica has dominated the MMA arena. In 2006, she claimed her debut match via submission. Soon-after, she participated in mixed martial arts’ atom-weight class, and in 2014, the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings and Fight Matrix ranked her as the second-best female atom-weight fighter.
Similarly, in MAY 2009, when Penne competed at Bellator 5, she became the first female fighter in the Bellator Fighting Championships league to compete and triumph in a match. In August of the following year, 2010, Penne fought and won the first round of the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 3 115-pound women’s tournament at Bellator 25.
In particular, after her triumph in the first female fight in Bellator history at Bellator 5, winning the Atomweight Championship, she has earned fourteen victories out of nineteen matches, including two knockouts and eight submits till date. In addition, the 2012 Laday Violence Award was presented to her.
Similarly, she has also received countless titles, including Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Likewise, at the Invicta Fighting Championships, she also took home the night’s Submission of the Night award.
As of April 25, 2022, Jessica is among the top fourteen women’s straw-weight competitors in the UFC. Meanwhile, her fans are anticipating her upcoming fights in the near future.
Jessica’s Apparent Suspension & Return
Reportedly, the United States Anti-Doping Agency prohibited Jessica Penne from competing for four years after she violated the USADA program a second time in 2019. Nevertheless USADA cut the suspension in half, from four years to just 20 months.
With that being said, Penne was put on administrative leave from April 8, 2019, to December 8, 2020. Eventually, on April 17, 2021, she competed and won her fight against Lupita Godinez at UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Gastelum.
On the other extreme, she pulled due to an undisclosed injury from her fight against Launa Pinheiro at UFC Fight Night 198 on November 20, 2021. Thereafter, she squared off against Emily Ducote on UFC on ABC 3.
Penne’s Personal-life & Relationships
Several media records indicate that Jessica Penne might be unmarried and has never been engaged. And, in the years that followed, there were no online speculations about her romantic life. Moreover, she hasn’t revealed anything about her love life on any of the social media platforms. Further, Penne’s hasn’t been dating anyone as of July 2022.
As a hugely recognized athlete, Jessica Penne has maintained her stunning muscular physique. In addition, Penne, who is 5 feet and 5 inches (165 cm) tall, has magnificent silky black hair that contrasts beautifully with her stunning brown eyes.
Social Media Handles of Jessica Penne
Jessica has earned fame as well as established herself as a prominent female MMA fighter. Consequently, her popularity is evident in both the ring as well as the media. On her personal Facebook account, she has amassed 125k fans. Similar to this, as of July 2022, she had over 127k followers on her personal Instagram account and 73.1k followers on her verified Twitter handle.
Net Worth of Jessica Penne
Based on the media reports, during the prolific years of her thriving career, Jessica Penne’s MMA career garnered her net worth of roughly $1.5 Million. The above-estimated amount hasn’t been officially confirmed, though, considering Jessica hasn’t made any information about her possessions available to the public.
In particular, she began competing in the Atom-weight division in 2006 and won several matches. In addition, she also competes for a number of organizations, such as Alliance MMA, Kings MMA, Checkmat, and Reign MMA. Further, she earns profit via endorsement deals and MMA matches.