Female strawweight competitor Jessica Penne has been notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential out-of-competition failed drug test.
However, the competitor made odd history as she’s the first fighter to potentially fail a test due to a review of her biological passport.
The sample submitted by Penne originally came back negative, but then the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) checked Penne’s biological passport and they saw a variance.
For those who don’t know what a biological passport is, it’s used to monitor selected biological variables over time that indirectly reveal the effects of doping rather than attempting to detect the doping substance or method itself.
Once the variance was detected and although the illegal substance has yet to be revealed to the general public, WADA informed USADA and then USADA informed Penne of the potential violation.
No punishment of any kind has been handed out to the fighter as of this writing. The female strawweight last competed at UFC Fight Night 108 and suffered a decision loss to Danielle Taylor. Due to the fact that she lost her last bout, any punishment given will not affect the result of that fight in any fashion.
Neither Penne or the UFC have yet to comment on the potential failed drug test.