One of the most well-balanced all-around fighters in mixed martial arts today, 33-year-old Jessica Penne is almost equally strong in takedowns, striking, and submissions, making her a serious threat to almost any opponent. At 5’5” tall and 115 pounds, this strawweight fighter has had 12 wins and four losses in her career thus far. Two of her wins have been by KO/TKO, seven by submission, and three by decision, showing judges, fans, and opponents alike that Penne is a well-rounded fighter who won’t rely too heavily on any one technique, strength, or skill set.

A typical day of fight training for Jessica involves training at Alliance with her coaches, then working on grappling and strength and conditioning. She began her MMA career in May of 2009, when she became the first woman to compete and win at the Bellator Fighting Championships. She’s since gone on to compete in shoot boxing, Invicta FC, and UFC, gathering win after win.

While Jessica’s career only began seven years ago, and she really only started training eight years ago, she feels like she was born to do it. She fell in love with jiu-jitsu in her first training session, and her love for MMA followed shortly thereafter. After that, as she got better and better, training and fighting became a natural progression that’s lead her to where she is today.

Thus far in her career, Jessica has been the first Invicta FC atomweight champion, and she got her black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu training under Lucas Leite. Fighting at a professional level in the UFC and other leagues is a dream come true for Jessica. She’s happy to see the talented and fierce women of this sport getting more of a platform to show off their skills. And you can expect to see much more from her across MMA platforms in the years to come.