As you know, Penne will take on Jedrzejczyk later today at UFC Fight Night 69, in what will be the card’s main event. The 32 year-old fighter was granted a title shot, after she worked her way to a split decision win over Randa Markos in December, in what was Penne’s UFC debut.
Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, won the belt in March by stopping Carla Esparza.
Recently the Invicta FC vet spoke to UFC.com about today’s bout, and while discussing Jedrzejczyk, Penne said this:
“I think Joanna is one of the top fighters in the world,” Penne said. “She’s a very high-level striker outside of MMA, and she really brings the fight, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge. I love challenging myself with great fighters like her, and I’m out here to prove that I’m the best. I have a lot more experience, I’m more well-rounded and I know she doesn’t want to go to the ground with me. I definitely plan on going in there and submitting her.”
There’s no question that Jedrzejczyk is a very, very, talented striker, after all, she was a world champion in Muay Thai. So, it’s not surprising to hear that Penne will look to take the fight to the ground. It remains to be seen if she can do so, however, and whether she can inflict some damage when the fight’s there.
UFC FN 69 will be hosted by the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. In the co-headliner, Dennis Siver will take on fellow featherweight vet, Tatsuya Kawajiri.