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Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Jessamyn Laurel Duke (born June 24, 1986) is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist, signed to WWE under their developmental territory NXT.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

She formally competed for Invicta Fighting Championships in the women’s bantamweight division.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Duke started her amateur career in 2010. She fought mainly for Absolute Action MMA and Tuff-N-Uff. She obtained the amateur featherweight title in both organizations.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

In 2012, Duke moved to professional mixed martial arts and signed with Invicta FC.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Duke made her professional and promotional debut against Suzie Montero on July 28, 2012 at Invicta FC 2. She won via TKO in the third round.

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Duke faced Marciea Allen on October 6, 2012 at Invicta FC 3.

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She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round. This victory earned her a submission of the night bonus award, which was split between Duke and Stephanie Frausto, due to her submission victory over Amy Davis in the same event.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

In August 2013, Duke was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Team Tate. She defeated Laura Howarth via submission due to a triangle choke during the entry round and was the second female pick of Team Rousey.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Duke made her promotional debut against TUF 18 teammate Peggy Morgan on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. She won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

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In her second UFC fight, Duke faced Bethe Correia at UFC 172.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

She lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Duke faced Leslie Smith at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller on July 16, 2014.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

She lost the fight via TKO early in the first round after taking several punches to the face and body.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Duke faced Elizabeth Phillips at UFC on Fox 16 on July 25, 2015 in a rematch of their amateur bout at RFA 2 – Yvel vs. Alexander.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

Duke lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Photos - The Jessamyn Duke Story - Jessamyn Duke

On May 7, 2018, WWE announced that Duke, along with Marina Shafir, had signed with WWE and reported to their Performance Center for training.

 

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