What is Jessica Penne's net worth? UFC champ set up GoFundMe to pay legal fees in doping case

UFC champ Jessica Penne won two bouts in a row against Karolina Kowalkiewicz after a nearly four-year layoff following a doping allegation


                            What is Jessica Penne's net worth? UFC champ set up GoFundMe to pay legal fees in doping case
UFC champ Jessica Penne (Instagram/@jessicapenne)

Jessica Penne has won two bouts in a row after a nearly four-year layoff, including an amazing submission win against fellow former title contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz on the UFC 265 preliminary event on Saturday night, August 7, news outlets reported. 

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Penne (14-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) finished Kowalkiewicz (12-7 MMA, 5-7 UFC) in the first round of their prelim battle at Toyota Center in Houston, handing her a fifth straight loss in strawweight competition. The end of the fight came at just 4:32 in the first round.

Jessica Penne smiles with her coach after defeating Kowalkiewicz by an arm bar submission in the first round during their Strawweight fight at Toyota Center on July 7, 2021, in Houston, Texas (Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images )

“I love the ground,” Penne said about her submission win according to MMA Fighting. “If anybody wants to go to the ground with me, I invite it. I’ve always admired and respected her. I’m so grateful to grace the octagon with her.” Penne is enjoying back-to-back victories as well as her first octagon finish after a three-fight losing run and a lengthy hiatus due to a legal dispute with the US Anti-Doping Agency over penalties for a failed drug test. Here's all you need to know about how much Penne is worth.

What is Jessica Penne's net worth?

According to Famous Birthdays, Penne's net worth is approximately $1.5M. Dating Celebs pins her net worth between $100,000 and $1M, while All Famous Birthday pins it within the range of $1M and $3M. Celebs Age Wiki states that Penne's net worth, which they say is between $1M and $5M, is growing significantly from 2020. The MMA star makes her living off her matches. There is no reliable information on whether she has any other source of income such as advertising. Her Instagram profile leads to her OnlyFans account, so it can be estimated that she makes something from there too.

The former UFC strawweight championship contender had in February 2020 requested public assistance in raising $40,000 to defend a second anti-doping case stemming from a failed drug test that compelled her to cancel her return to the ring in April the previous year, MMA Fighting reported. The GoFundMe page called 'Free Penne' was started by Penne's manager Brian Butler of Suckerpunch Entertainment. "This campaign is set up to help raise the money to cover the legal fees and save her career before its to late," the page description read.



 

Penne had until February 10 to decide whether or not to pursue her complaint in arbitration, and the GoFundMe money would pay the legal costs. She would have had to pay up or receive a four-year ban, Penne’s manager told the website. However, Butler later suspended the GoFundMe campaign in order to help the veteran strawweight raise funds after the parties decided to come to an agreement and avoid arbitration. The fundraiser was shut down after donations of just over $7,500 had been made, MMA Fighting reported. Penne was given a reprieve when her four-year suspension from active competition was reduced first to only 20 months. Her sentence was overturned because she successfully demonstrated that she wasn't trying to cheat on purpose. USADA accepted the UFC women's strawweight's claim that she was administered dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) by her doctor, ESPN reported. She was, however, still suspended for 18 months in 2018 for the violation.

Penne was born on January 30, 1983, in Newport Beach, California, and graduated from Diamond Bar High School, where she was a member of the softball and swimming teams. She earned a bachelor of arts in communication from Cal State Fullerton University before pursuing a career as a professional mixed martial artist.

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