When Jessica Penne entered the Invicta cage to do battle this past April, it would be the first time she had competed professionally in nearly a year and a half. Penne finally debuted in her natural weight class of 105 lbs in late 2010, where she finished Amy Davis via rear naked choke in North Dakota. Her return would come at Invicta FC’s inaugural event in Kansas City, where her bout against accomplished MMA vet Lisa Ellis would serve as the co-main event of the evening.
Ellis was quoted as saying she wanted to finish Penne “devastatingly” during her mandatory pre-fight interviews. Quotes like these, words like devastating – they get tossed around a lot by fighters before events in order to hype fights. It’s business. Unfortunately for Ellis, it would be her that would be finished in lethal fashion on this night.
If you thought Penne was dangerous before with a record of 8-1, 6 of those wins via finish – check out her work at atomweight in 2012. It’s devastating, to say the least.
Jessica Penne etches her name in MMA history
Jessica Penne entered 2012 as a great fighter who was having a tough time finding fights in the 105 pound division. She will enter 2013 with a target on her back. She’s the #1 ranked atomweight in the world, the first champion in Invicta FC’s history. She’s also Lady Violence 2012.
Honorable Mentions: Jessica Eye, Jessamyn Duke, Ronda Rousey, Carla Esparza, Leslie Smith