Results: Tabatha Ricci defeated Jessica Penne via second-round submission at the 2:14 mark. Ricci was a -300 favorite to win and +450 to win by submission.
Three in a row for @TabathaRicci!!— UFC (@ufc) March 4, 2023
Baby Shark gets the submission in the second over Jessica Penne #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/F8X5ofjuKP
UFC 285’s early preliminary card will feature women’s strawweights Jessica Penne and Tabatha Ricci facing off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This portion of the card is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
Penne (14-6) has had her fair share of ups and downs in her MMA career which stretches over 17 years. At age 40, she’s faced off with the likes of Jessica Andrade and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, she has dropped four of her last six fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Emily Ducote in July 2022. Penne is looking to prove she still has gas left in the tank in this battle of women’s strawweights.
Ricci (7-1) comes into this fight with back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Maria Oliveira and Polyana Viana. This came after falling in her UFC debut via TKO against Manon Fiorot. Ricci has shown that she can win in a number of ways and possesses a judo background that has translated to the octagon very well.
How to watch Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci
Date: Saturday, March 4
Fight time: Early preliminary card starts at 6:15 p.m. ET
Live stream: ESPN and ESPN+ via WatchESPN or the ESPN app
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds/Predictions
Splits: 86% of handle, 85% of bets on Ricci
Fans love to see a seasoned veteran of women’s MMA like Penne step into the ring, but Ricci is no slouch and will look to secure a third straight win. While the experience is in her favor, Penne has her hands full and the -305 odds for Ricci are a no-brainer. This one is likely to go the distance and Ricci by decision checks in at -150.