UFC Strawweight Jessica Penne Flagged by USADA Upon Analysis of ‘Biological Passport’
By: Tristen Critchfield May 10, 2017
Penne has been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency upon
review of her biological passport — a first for an athlete within
Penne initially submitted a negative sample in an
out-of-competition drug test administered on March 20. However,
Penne was flagged following a re-analysis of the sample.
“Penne’s sample, having undergone the standard out-competition
analysis menu, was initially reported to USADA as negative.
However, upon review of Penne’s Athlete Biological Passport, the
sample was subsequently flagged for additional analysis due to an
increased degree of variability in urinary biomarkers measured in
the sample,” the statement read. “As a result of that further
analysis, the presence of a prohibited substance was detected.
Before the reanalysis was completed, Penne fought at the UFC Fight
Night event in Nashville on April 22, 2017.”
Penne dropped a unanimous decision to Danielle
UFC Fight Night 108, her third consecutive defeat within the
Las Vegas-based promotion. The event took place under the
jurisdiction of the Tennessee Athletic Commission, and USADA will
make sure the commission has all the necessary information to
determine an appropriate punishment regarding Penne’s case.
Otherwise, USADA will handle the results management and appropriate
adjudication of the case, and Penne will be entitled to a full and
fair legal review process. The substance for which Penne tested
positive was not revealed.