Jessica Penne Releases Statement After Pulling Out Of UFC Phoenix
As previously reported, Jessica Penne pulled out of her scheduled fight with Jodie Esquibel on the prelims card of UFC Phoenix. UFC had no other option but to cancel the fight.
Jessica has since taken to social media to apologize to Jodie, and revealed that she had rolled her ankle while doing basic drills in the morning. Penne went on to say that Sean Shelby and her management team decided to pull her out, with her suffering a grade-2 sprain.
“I don’t have a lot of words to describe my emotions at the moment”, Jessica Penne began. “I want to apologize to my opponent Jodie Esquibel and her camp for this fight not happening today. I’m truly very sorry Jodie. I went to do a small shakeout this morning and was working some basic drills when I rolled my ankle with the full weigh of my body and my training partners. I immediately iced it and was hoping that it wouldn’t be that bad but it became obvious very quickly that this was a bad sprain. The ufc medical team along with Sean Shelby came to my room and the decision was made along with my team that I couldn’t fight. I have a grade 2 sprain and will know more after x-rays. I’m heart broken and I know Jodie must be as well. Hopefully Jodie and I can be rebooked ASAP. Thank you to everyone for the support, it means more than you know.”