EXCLUSIVE | Jessica Penne Discusses Winning, and Defending, Invicta FC Title | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio
Fans were treated to an appearance from Invicta FC Women’s Atomweight champion Jessica Penne on BJPENN.COM’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio program this past Easter Sunday, March 31st. Penne won her championship this past October via triangle choke, submitting Nago Sugiyama at 2:20 of the second round.
In talking about her title win, Penne mentioned that training camp for the championship bout was no different than any other, and it wasn’t until the fight was over that she was able to “let it all in” and became emotional.
“I’m not a big celebrator, but I was over the moon” Penne said of the win she would forever cherish; a win that she did admittedly said she did not accomplish by herself, but with the help of her friends, family, coaches and training partners.
“I know that I am in there alone, but honestly these people are-honestly, they’re my family. They are with me every single day in training, and outside of training, and I really don’t feel alone when I’m in there; I hear them, I listen to them. I know that they are there for me. Even though I am in there with an opponent, and I am technically by myself, but I never feel alone.”
Penne’s first title defense will come at Invicta FC 5 against Michelle Waterson, who has said in the build-up feels that she has both a physical and mental edge over Penne. That assertion, however, did not seem to phase the champion.
“She can say whatever she wants to say to make herself feel better and make herself ready for this fight. It really doesn’t change what I’m doing,” Penne said of Waterson’s comments. “I mean those are the things you’re supposed to say before a fight, I guess. Whatever.”
Throughout the interview, it was apparent that Penne’s mind was firmly on the job at hand, and that she would not be fazed based on the pressure of this being her first title defense.
“I did not, and I do not, look at my last fight or this fight as these ‘championship fights’. I look at them as a fight, just because there’s a belt on the line doesn’t change what’s going to happen” Penne said. “I will not let myself get distracted.”
In fact, despite fellow WMMA fighter Jocelyn Lybarger predicting a second-round submission victory for Penne, the champion herself was not so adamant in predicting her victory.
“I don’t make fight predictions, even when my friends are fighting. I don’t make predictions; this is MMA, it’s a very unpredictable sport, anything can happen. I visualize a lot, but I visualize my hand raised at the end, and every between is just having fun.”
To hear the interview in its entirety, including Jessica’s thoughts on the controversial stoppage this past week’s Bellator fight between David Rickels and Saad Awad, listen to the player below or visit the Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio channel and listen on demand.