Jessica Penne will meet former Invicta FC strawweight champion Emily Ducote at UFC on ABC 3 in July.
While the UFC has not officially confirmed the bout as of yet, Ducote confirmed the bout on her Instagram page.
Ducote (11-6-0), 28, is replacing Brianna Fortino, who pulled out of the bout. She won the Invicta titie in August 2021 at Invicta FC 44 with a headkick TKO win over Danielle Taylor and then defended the title recently in May at Invicta FC 47 by stopping former atomweight champ Alesha Zappitella. Now, she will start anew against Penne in the octagon.
Meanwhile, many fans will remember the No. 14 Penne (14-5-0), 39, as one of the original TUF 20 alum. She was also the first ever Invicta FC atomweight champion, but lost three straight UFC bouts after the TUF 20 Finale. After a 20-month USADA suspension that was retroactive to April 2019, she was eligible to fight again in December 2020 and won her last two bouts, including a submission victory in her last contest against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 265 last August.
UFC on ABC 3 is scheduled for July 16 at the UBS Arena in Elmwood, New York. Scheduled bouts include:
#2 BRIAN ORTEGA (15-2-0, 1NC) VS. #3 YAIR RODRIGUEZ (13-3-0, 1NC)
ASKAR ASKAROV (14-1-1) VS. ALEX PEREZ (24-6-0)
MICHELLE WATERSON (18-9-0) VS. AMANDA LEMOS (11-2-1)
DUSTIN JACOBY (17-5-1) VS. DA UN JUNG (15-2-1)
RICKY SIMON (19-3-0) VS. JACK SHORE (16-0-0)
JINGLIANG LI (18-7-0) VS. MUSLIM SALIKHOV (18-2-0)
BILLY QUARANTILLO (16-4-0) VS. BILL ALGEO (15-6-0)
HERBERT BURNS (11-3-0) VS. KHUSEIN ASKHABOV (23-0-0)
#14 JESSICA PENNE (14-5-0) VS. EMILY DUCOTE (11-6-0)
PUNAHELE SORIANO (8-2-0) VS. DALCHA LUNGIAMBULA (11-4-0)