Jessica Penne out, Angela Hill now meets Jodie Esquibel at UFC on ESPN 3

Jessica Penne just can’t seem to catch a break.

Penne (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is out of her scheduled UFC on ESPN 3 fight next week against Jodie Esquibel (6-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) for a second time and has been replaced by Angela Hill (8-6 MMA, 3-6 UFC). UFC officials announced the new booking following an initial report from MMA DNA.

Penne was supposed to return from a layoff of nearly two years in February against Esquibel at UFC on ESPN 1 in February. But she came in overweight for the women’s strawweight bout, then injured her ankle the morning of the fight and fell off the card the day of the event. Now she finds herself sidelined again for undisclosed reasons.

UFC on ESPN 3 takes place April 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN2.

Hill has dropped back-to-back fights and three of her past four. The former Invicta FC strawweight champion lost a split decision to Cortney Casey in August 2018 in Nebraska. And just a month ago was submitted by Randa Markos in Nashville. Now she’ll have a quick turnaround stepping up for one of her teammates.

Esquibel has lost consecutive fights, as well, after coming to the UFC from Invicta. Her promotional debut in October 2017 was a decision loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Poland. And in July 2018, she was outpointed by Jessica Aguilar in Idaho.

Penne is on a three-fight skid that started with an unsuccessful challenge of then-champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the women’s strawweight title in June 2015 in Berlin. After that, she dropped a second-round TKO to upcoming title challenger Jessica Andrade at UFC 199. And two years ago, she lost a decision to Danielle Taylor. The bulk of her layoff was due to a USADA anti-doping violation and suspension of 18 months.

With the change, the UFC on ESPN 3 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Greg Hardy vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Mike Perry
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira
  • John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Thomas Gifford vs. Roosevelt Roberts

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Takashi Sato vs. Ben Saunders
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai
  • Carla Esparza vs. Virna Jandiroba
  • Gilbert Burns vs. Eric Wisely

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jason Gonzalez vs. Jim Miller
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Angela Hill
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Court McGee

For more on UFC on ESPN 3, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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