For the first time, USADA has flagged a UFC fighter based on a re-analysis brought upon by the contents of a biological passport.
Jessica Penne is facing a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation due to a prohibited substance detected in a March 20 out-of-competition sample, the promotion announced Wednesday night.
The sample initially came back negative, per the UFC release. But when comparing it to Penne’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), which USADA has compiled on every fighter since the agency began running the UFC’s anti-doping program in 2015, it was flagged for further analysis “due to an increased degree of variability in urinary biomarkers.”
In that re-analysis, a prohibited substance was detected, the release stated.
Penne, 34, was able to compete against Danielle Taylor at UFC Fight Night 108 on April 22 in Nashville, because the results had yet to come back. Taylor defeated Penne in that bout by unanimous decision.
Per the release, USADA will work with the Tennessee Athletic Commission, which also has jurisdiction in the case due to the sample’s collection in proximity to the Taylor fight, to ensure the regulatory body has the proper information.
Penne (12-5) is currently on a three-fight losing streak. The Southern California native is a former Invicta FC atomweight champion and a semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter 20.