With that being said, Penne can’t help but feel a little nervous and anxious about stepping back into the Octagon.

“I’m experiencing a lot of emotions from nerves and anxiety to excitement and anticipation. It’s just been a rollercoaster,” Penne said. “I get to do what I love, and for a time, I had to really accept that I may not be here again, and I may not get to do what I love, so I’m very grateful. I’m definitely excited to get in there and shake off a little bit of ring rust, I’m sure. I think it will feel familiar but different at the same time.”

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Penne’s arduous path has her ready for any sort of adversity she could face on Saturday. She’s fought tooth and nail just to be here, and no matter what happens against Godinez, no one will take that from her.

Jessica Penne is back, proud and living the dream.

Watch Penne’s return to the Octagon on UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum, which airs live on ESPN+ at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.