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Jessica Penne Returns To UFC This Weekend at Whittaker vs Gastelum

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UFC fighter Jessica Penne was expected to be returning to the octagon on March 27th to take on Hannah Goldy. Penne was previously serving a 4 year ban issued by USADA.

This 4 year ban was reduced to a 20-month layoff; reportedly due to Jessica Penne’s ‘discipline.’ USADA originally issued the ban due to a ‘positive at trace levels for two metabolites of stanozolol, 16β-hydroxystanozolol and 3’²-hydroxystanozolol.’

Penne was meant to be fighting Hannah Goldy in her UFC return. The fight should’ve taken place at the end of March.

Goldy was confirmed as having tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The test was administered before the scheduled fight and therefore cancelled.

Jessica Penne vs Hannah Goldy Cancelled

‘Life is crazy man’ Goldy wrote on Instagram addressing the cancelled fight back in March. ‘I literally can’t even believe I have to tell y’all that I won’t be fighting this Saturday. Flew out to Vegas and tested positive for COVID. I have never felt better, stronger or more complete.’

Jessica Penne will now be fighting Lupita Godinez for this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum. Godinez comes into this fight with a 5-0 record in MMA, so she will not be a pushover for the returning Penne and this could be an explosive fight on the premilitary card.

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