Jessica Penne Returns to Action Against a Ranked Opponent on April 30th

Published 02/08/2022, 10:27 AM EST
INGLEWOOD, CA – JUNE 03: Jessica Penne stands on the scale during the weigh-in for UFC 199 at The Forum on June 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The UFC has slated an exciting strawweight bout between former title contender Jessica Penne and Luana Pinheiro for the UFC Fight Night event on April 30th.

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Their bout was originally scheduled for November 2021 at UFC Fight Night 198: Vieira vs. Tate. However, Penne pulled out of the fight, only to be replaced by Sam Hughes. Pinheiro defeated Hughes via a unanimous decision.

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CANAL DO MARINHO first reported the news, which was later confirmed by WMMA Rankings. The location and venue for the UFC Fight Night event are yet to be announced.

Pinheiro (10-1) a Dana White’s Contender Series participant will make her third octagon appearance against Penne. The Brazilian has been undefeated in the UFC. She entered the promotion after defeating Stephanie Frausto via a first-round knockout.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 10: Luana Pinheiro reacts after winning a UFC contract during Dana White’s Contender Series season four, week nine at UFC APEX on November 10, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Her second win came against Randa Markos after the latter was disqualified for an illegal kick. Her latest win was against Sam Hughes in November. At the time of writing, she is #15 in the 115-pounds weight class.

Penne (14-5), returned to the UFC after a year haul. The 39-year-old former Invicta FC atomweight champion and UFC strawweight title contender defeated Lupita Godinez via a split decision upon her return. Then she went on to submit former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz via an armbar in the first round of their bout at UFC 265.

The UFC is yet to confirm the main event for the 30th April fight card. However, the promotion has approved a few fights on the card. Such as a lightweight bout between UFC veterans ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.

Fight card for Jessica Penne featured UFC Fight Night event

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Fans speculate that the lightweight bout between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Joe Lauzon will headline the event. However, nothing has been made official yet.

This is what the current fight card for the April 30th event looks like:

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Gina Mazany vs. Shanna Young
  • Daniel da Silva vs. Francisco Figueiredo
  • Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey
  • Mike Breeden vs. Natan Levy
  • Jessica Penne vs. Luana Pinheiro

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Who will come out on top in this strawweight clash? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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