Penne (12-5-0) is competing for the first time since serving a USADA issued suspension for a failed drug test in 2017. Penne also hasn’t picked up a victory in over four years, with that last win coming over Randa Markos at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale. Penne has previously challenged for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title, losing to then champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC Fight Night 69.
Esquibel (6-4-0) is currently winless under the UFC banner, dropping bouts to the duo of Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Aguilar. Esquibel has seen her last six professional MMA fights go the distance and it has been over five years since the fighter got a finish. Esquibel has suffered four losses as a professional MMA fighter and three of those defeats have come by way of decision.
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn takes place on Saturday, January 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.