UFC fighter Jessica Penne has been out of action for nearly three years due to an ongoing battle against the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Brian Butler, who is Penne’s manager, started a Go Fund Me page awhile back to help the fighter with the legal fees in order to have an arbitration hearing with USADA to potentially avoid a four year suspension.
However, a move has been made by Penne to shot down the Go Fund Me page, as the fighter is reportedly close to an outcome that would avoid the full costs of the arbitration.
Butler posted the following on the Go Fund Me page:
“We will be closing the campaign today. We have been working with UFC and our legal team diligently and it looks like USADA and our legal team are close to reaching an outcome that will avoid the full costs of an arbitration. We want to thank everyone for their donations because without it we wouldn’t have been able to get us this far! We will keep you posted on the developments as they come but do not want people to keep donating at this time. Thank you all so much for your support of Jessica!”
The campaign was looking to raise $40,000 for Penne, but only $7,500 had been raised by the time the page was shut down.
If USADA wins the case and Penne is found guilty, it would mean a four year suspension for Penne, who said she would retire from professional MMA competition due to the potential ban.