Jessica Penne Suspended 18 Months for USADA Violation


USADA announced today that former women’s strawweight title challenger, Jessica Penna accepted an 18 month suspension for USADA.

Penne tested positive for an anabolic androgenic during an out-of-competition urine test that was taken on March 20th. The test results didn’t come in before she was allowed to fight Danielle Taylor at UFC Fight Night 108. Penne would lose a decision to Taylor causing her to lose her third straight fight.

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Penne informed USADA that she was prescribed the anabolic by a doctor.

Penne’s suspension is retroactive to April 23rd.

Here is USADA’s statement taken from MMAJunkie

“Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation,” USADA stated  “In this instance, although Penne was not successful in her attempt to obtain a retroactive or prospective Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for DHEA after her positive test, it was determined that her degree of fault was reduced because her use of the prohibited substance was under the care of a physician. Accordingly, Penne received a corresponding reduction to 18-months from the standard two-year period of ineligibility for a non-Specified Substance under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

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