MMA Preview – Jessica Penne vs Lupita Godinez at UFC Vegas 24

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When is UFC Vegas 24? Saturday 17th April, 2021 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 24? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 24? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 24 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 24? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Jessica Penne (12-5) was part of the original crop of UFC strawweights but since she squeaked past Randa Markos with a split decision in the finale all the way back in 2014, she has lost all three of her fights and been out of action since 2017. She has had an absolutely miserable few years starting with injuries and then faced an 18-month ban for a failed drugs test. It was later reduced to six months after proving a physician had prescribed a supplement with the offending substance. She then had two fights scheduled in 2019 where she missed weight and then injured her ankle on the morning of a fight and then got injured again before the rescheduling. Things only got worse for Penne as she was handed a four-year ban that year for a second infraction which was later reduced to 20 months. She was finally ready to compete again last month, but Hannah Goldy pulled out three days before the fight with a positive COVID-19 test. A horror show.

Providing they both make it to the octagon, Penne will be welcoming Lupita Godinez (5-0) to the UFC for her debut. After an extensive amateur career, Godinez made her professional debut in 2018 and has won all five of her fights since including her most recent bout last October for the Legacy Fighting Alliance. She took on Crystal Vanessa Demopoulos earning a majority decision to set up this opportunity to fill in for Goldy.


Who knows what Penne will look like on the night. She has not won a fight since 2014 and not fought since 2017. Even when she was last active, she was on a bad skid including two knockouts. Although we cannot read too much into those fights especially as the knockouts were to Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade. It was a long time ago and she will be a different fighter now evolving her game in the gym.

Godinez has amassed some good experience and looked solid so far in her professional career. She will be giving up a four-inch reach advantage, but she has the form, youth and been active. If Penne returns reborn, she could out strike Godinez mixing in takedowns, but we have to back Godinez considering Penne’s tumultuous lay-off.

Prediction: Godinez via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Penne via Decision

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