UFC star Jessica Penne claims in a lengthy Instagram post that the United States Anti-Doping Agency are hounding her out of her chosen career and effectively forcing the MMA veteran to retire from the sport.

Penne came to the attention of USADA in 2017 after she failed an out-of-competition drug test for the anabolic agent dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and was handed an 18-month suspension, less than the usual two years, after she argued that she’d been prescribed medication by a physician which contained the steroid.

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She describes how she went “broke” during the suspension, taking on a series of odd jobs and how a new run-in with the drug-testing authorities could lead to her being suspended for four years, effectively ending the 36-year-old’s career.

Penne was set to return to the cage in early 2019 but an injury suffered on the day of the fight forced her withdrawal. She was rebooked for a bout in April, due to what she describes as an “extremely low level of stanozolol” in her system. Stanozolol is an anabolic steroid. 

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