Photos – The Jessamyn Duke Story

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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).

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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