"I've had mostly her fans kind of coming at me in a weird way saying that I'm a poor sport, this and that. But you know what, adrenaline is going," Penne told show hosts Stacey Lynn and Jessica Philippus. "I'm sorry if I lost my cool for a second and maybe got up too fast. I was really excited and honestly like in the cage afterwards, she was saying some really inappropriate things to me. Before the fight, she was juking me and my cornerman backstage, like she just had a really bad attitude and nobody really sees that and I didn't really feel like I had to comment on it. But apparently it's still being talked about, so I'll just address it.
"I wasn't doing it to be a poor sport or anything like that. I just wanted to get up and be like, 'hey where's my rematch?' I was excited and I had a really good showing. I was happy to be back in there. Sorry if it looked bad or whatever. In the heat of the moment, you lose a little bit of restraint or control. I mean, we're fighters."
Penne appeared to give Rivera-Calanoc a cold-hearted push after securing a tapout via rear-naked choke at the 4:57 mark of the their fight at the July event, and the "Night Queen" was visibly upset in the immediate aftermath.
The drama apparently stemmed from the Invicta FC 6 weigh-ins.
"All I said to her is that she had beautiful eyes and she replied 'you do too,'" Rivera-Calanoc said. "And than she said 'I love your hair. I wanted to color my hair that color but I didn't want to look like an idiot.'"
Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp then asked the girls if they were trash-talking. Both Rivera-Calanoc and Penne smiled and said that they were not, which should have been proof that they were just having a light-hearted moment.
Seconds later, Rivera-Calanoc and Penne faced forward towards the crowd for the final pre-fight photo op, when "Night Queen" playfully put her fist to the former champ's jaw.
Penne seemed to "go with it" by leaning sideways into Rivera-Calanoc's fist, while smiling and laughing as if to say it was perfectly fine.
However, she apparently felt disrespected by the playful fist to the jaw, and that's why she gave Rivera-Calanoc a little push after the victory, according to the "Night Queen."
As for Penne, she says the situation was blown out of proportion and the "beef" is squashed.
"It's hard, like adrenaline is going. Nicdali was saying things to me in the cage after, thought that I was talking crap to her, but she was actually talking crap to me. Even further as I was walking out of the cage, she proceeded to talk crap to me. Giving me taunts before the fight," Penne said. "She came up to me afterwards and apologized for her behavior and I accepted it, so as far as I'm concerned there's like no hard feelings or anything like that, but I don't know why people keep making something out of nothing and talking about it."