Ahead of UFC Fight Night 69 taking place Saturday from Germany on Fight Pass, check out the media notes as furnished by the promotion.
The card features unbeaten Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her strawweight title against Jessica Penne, along with several European fighters in action.
STRAWWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE
For the first time ever in the UFC, a women’s title fight will take place in Europe, this will also be the first title fight to take place outside of the UK. Current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0-0) from Olsztyn, Poland and no.3 ranked Jessica Penne (12-3-0) from Newport Beach, California, USA will step into the Octagon as the Polish champion defends her title for the first time following her impressive title win over Carla Esparza in March this year.
Jedrzejczyk returned to Poland with the championship belt a national hero and began to train for her next fight almost immediately, eager to defend the belt against the next contender.
Former Invicta FC atomweight champion Penne stepped up to be the first challenger against Jedrzejczyk. With just one win behind her in the UFC, Penne will be looking to make a statement against the explosive striker whilst Jedrzejczyk has no intention in letting the belt leave European soil.
HOME GROWN TALENT TAKES TO THE OCTAGON
As MMA continues to rise in popularity in Germany, local gyms are producing top talent and three of those athletes will feature at UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne.
In a co-main featherweight bout, no. 12 ranked Dennis Siver (22-10-0, 1NC) takes on no.15 ranked Tatsuya Kawajuri (33-8-2). With both athletes having extensive experience in the Octagon, neither will be looking to shy away from engaging in a battle. Siver will be fighting in front of a home crowd for the first time since 2010 at UFC 122 in Oberhausen.
Joining Siver on the main card will be Peter Sobotta (14-4-1) and Nick Hein (11-2-0, 1NC) who will face Australia’s Steven Kennedy (22-6) and Poland’s Lukasz Sajewski (13-0) respectively. Both Sobotta and Hein will be looking to repeat their performances from when the UFC last visited Berlin in May 2014, as both walked away with victories.
EUROPEAN PROSPECTS LOOK TO MAKE THEIR MARK
UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne will showcase European athletes from Sweden, Finland, France, Poland, Russia and England as the UFC continues to sign the best of upcoming stars across the continent.
With nine first round finishes in his MMA career including an 8 second knockout in his UFC debut in Stockholm, Sweden, in January this year, Makwan Amirkhani (11-2) will be hoping to showcase his full skillset against Mexican Masio Fullen (10-4).
Scott Askham (12-1) will be representing the UK alongside Arnold Allen (9-1). Allen stepped in as a late replacement for fellow Brit Mike Wilkinson who suffered a shoulder injury during training a week before the fight.