Jessica Penne is always open for a fight, but the problem is that most fighters outweighed her. Now with the introduction of the atomweight championship to Invicta FC, she sees it as her chance to shine.
“It’s been a really big problem,” Penne told MMA Junkie Radio. “I always just wanted to compete consistently. That’s how you get better and know what to work on. I’ve only been able to get one or two fights per year, which has been frustrating. But Invicta has done wonders for this weight class, and I’m really excited to see where it goes.”
Penne (9-1) headlines Invicta 3 against Naho Sugiyama (8-0) for the inaugural atomweight championship.
“There just weren’t that many opportunities at this weight class for everyone, but there’s definitely more depth in the weight class because of more opportunities and the frequency of shows with Invicta getting behind the weight class and showing there’s depth there.”
The event takes place this Saturday, October 6, and streams for free on company’s website.
Two other fights on the card will be contested under the atomweight division.
“It’s a developing weight class honestly,” said Penne. “It’s been more popular in Japan. But with the momentum women’s MMA has been getting, a lot of women are dropping down because it’s a more natural weight class for them.”