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Jessica Penne was slated to meet Jodie Esquibel in the UFC on ESPN 1 feature bout of the Early Prelims on the ESPN+ digital subscription service, but the bout was scratched at the last minute on Sunday due to an injury.
Penne’s first hurdle came at the weigh-in on Saturday when she stepped on the scale two pounds over the 116-pound allowed limit for the strawweight non-title bout. She agreed to forfeit 20-percent of her fight purse to Esquibel to keep the bout intact.
Then, on Sunday, the unthinkable happened, Penne suffered a dislocated ankle which caused the bout to be canceled.
“This morning, when I was doing my pre-fight workout, just getting the body jump started, I felt good and I went for a takedown with my Judo coach and I misstepped,” Penne explained. “I pushed off my right leg and my ankle dislocated. I popped it back in and tried to walk it off, but the pain and the swelling just kept escalating, so we had to call the UFC doctor.”
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