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Jessamyn Laurel Duke (born June 24, 1986) is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist, signed to WWE as part of their NXT brand. She formerly competed for Invicta Fighting Championships in the women's bantamweight division.

Jessamyn Duke
Jessamyn Duke in Afghanistan 2016.jpg
Duke in January 2016
Jessamyn Laurel Duke[1]

(1986-06-24) June 24, 1986 (age 33)
Whitesburg, Kentucky, United States
Other namesThe Gun
Ring name(s)Jessamyn Duke
Billed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Billed weight136 lb (62 kg; 9.7 st)
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutAugust 25, 2018
Mixed martial arts career
DivisionBantamweight (135 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)
Reach73 in (190 cm)[2]
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofRichmond, Kentucky, United States
TeamGlendale Fighting Club (2013-present)
Rank     Purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2010–2016 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision2
No contests1
Amateur record
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision1
By knockout1
By decision1
Other information
UniversityEastern Kentucky University
Notable school(s)Whitesburg High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[4][5]

In 2012, Duke moved to professional mixed martial arts and signed with Invicta FC.[6]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

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.[7]

Duke faced Marciea Allen on October 6, 2012 at Invicta FC 3. She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round.[8] 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.[9]

Duke faced Miriam Nakamoto on April 5, 2013 at Invicta FC 5. The result was originally a KO victory for Nakamoto, but was later overturned by the Missouri Office of Athletics to no contest due to an illegal knee.[10]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In August 2013, Duke was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate.[11] She defeated Laura Howarth via submission due to a triangle choke during the entry round and was the second female pick of Team Rousey.[12]

Duke faced Raquel Pennington in the elimination round. Pennington defeated Duke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)[13] and the performance earned both participants Fight of The Season honors.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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).[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] Duke lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

WWE NXT (2018-Present)Edit

On May 7, 2018, WWE announced that Duke, along with Marina Shafir, had signed with WWE and reported to their Performance Center for training.[18]

On October 28 at WWE Evolution, Duke and Shafir made their WWE debuts as heels when they interfered during the NXT Women's Championship match, in which they helped Shayna Baszler win the title over Kairi Sane.[19] Duke and Shafir then aligned themselves with Baszler establishing themselves as heels in the process. They made another appearance at NXT TakeOver: WarGames when they interfered during Baszler and Sane's two out of three falls match, in which Baszler scored the first fall and the victory in the latter to retain the title.[20] On the December 19, 2018 episode of NXT Shafir and Duke made their NXT debut and lost to io Shirai and Dakota Kai when Io pinned Shafir after a Moonsault. At NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, Duke and Shafir assisted Baszler in retaining the title against Bianca Belair.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Muay ThaiEdit

  • World Muay Thai Association
    • WMA welterweight (152 lb) title[3]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
9 matches 3 wins 5 losses
By knockout 1 2
By submission 1 1
By decision 1 2
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 3–5 (1) Cindy Dandois Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel July 29, 2016 1 1:33 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 3–4 (1) Irene Aldana TKO (punches) Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown March 11, 2016 1 3:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 3–3 (1) Elizabeth Phillips Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 3–2 (1) Leslie Smith TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller July 16, 2014 1 2:24 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 3–1 (1) Bethe Correia Decision (unanimous) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 3 5:00 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 3–0 (1) Peggy Morgan Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale November 30, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 2–0 (1) Miriam Nakamoto No Contest (overturned) Invicta FC: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 1 2:20 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Originally a KO victory for Nakamoto; overturned due to an illegal knee.
Win 2–0 Marciea Allen Submission (armbar) Invicta FC: Penne vs. Sugiyama October 6, 2012 1 4:42 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 1–0 Suzie Montero TKO (elbows and punches) Invicta FC: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 3 2:32 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Raquel Pennington Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate October 9, 2013 (air date) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 18 Quarter Final round.
Win 1–0 Laura Howarth Submission (triangle choke) September 4, 2013 (air date) 1 3:50 TUF 18 elimination round.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–2 Elizabeth Phillips Submission (guillotine choke) RFA 2 - Yvel vs. Alexander March 30, 2012 2 0:58 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Loss 4–2 Amanda Bell TKO (punches) Absolute Action MMA 20: Battle Against Breast Cancer 2 November 19, 2011 3 2:35 Florence, Kentucky, United States Lost the AAMMA Amateur Featherweight Championship.[22]
Win 4–1 Autumn Richardson Decision (unanimous) Tuff-N-Uff: Future Stars of MMA July 1, 2011 3 3:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Featherweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Crystal Bentley Submission (rear-naked choke) Absolute Action MMA 13 May 7, 2011 2 1:29 Florence, Kentucky, United States Defended the AAMMA Amateur Featherweight Championship.
Win 2–1 Sarah Cook Submission (rear-naked choke) Absolute Action MMA 12: The Anniversary Show April 2, 2011 1 0:52 Florence, Kentucky, United States Won the AAMMA Amateur Featherweight Championship.
Loss 1–1 Ashlee Evans-Smith Decision (unanimous) Tuff-N-Uff: Las Vegas vs. 10th Planet Riverside January 7, 2011 3 2:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–0 Alexandria Stobbe TKO (punches) Absolute Action MMA 5: Battle Against Breast Cancer October 2, 2010 1 1:42 Florence, Kentucky, United States

Personal lifeEdit

Duke is a self-confessed gamer;[23][24] in an interview, Ronda Rousey claimed that Duke "pays more of her bills streaming than she does from fighting".[25]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "State Of Nevada" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  2. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Dillashaw vs. Barao 2". Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Jessamyn Duke: official UFC fighter profile". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "AAMMA XII: The Anniversary Show official results". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "The Future Stars of MMA official results". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Nathan McCarter (May 29, 2012). "MMA: Invicta Fighting Championships 2; fight card announced". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Brian Knapp (July 29, 2012). "Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann downs Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 2". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Brian Knapp (October 6, 2012). "Jessica Penne triangles Naho Sugiyama captures atomweight gold at Invicta FC 3". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Robert Sargent (October 7, 2012). "Five fighters earn bonuses at Invicta Fighting Championships 3". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  10. ^ Steven Marrocco (May 15, 2013). "Jessamyn Duke successfully appeals KO loss to Miriam Nakamoto at Invicta FC 5". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 15, 2013). "TUF 18 cast revealed with male and female bantamweights". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  12. ^ Mike Bohn (September 5, 2013). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate'". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Mike Bohn (October 10, 2013). "Episode No. 6 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate'". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Geno Mrosko (December 1, 2013). "Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 season bonuses: Rakoczy, Duke, Pennington, and Moras bank $25K". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (November 30, 2013). "TUF 18 Finale results: Jessamyn Duke punches way past Peggy Morgan". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  16. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-06-10). "Jessamyn Duke, Leslie Smith will face off at Atlantic City UFC Fight Night card". Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  17. ^ "Duke to face Phillips in Chicago at UFC Fight Night - LA Times". 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  18. ^
  19. ^ Benigno, Anthony (October 28, 2018). "Shayna Baszler def. Kairi Sane to become the new NXT Women's Champion". WWE. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "AAMMA XIII official results". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  22. ^ Gary Thomas (November 11, 2011). ""Absolute Action MMA 20: Battle Against Breast Cancer 2" results and play-by-play". Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  23. ^ "Jessamyn Duke reveals her gamer side". Cage Pages.
  24. ^ MMA Latest (23 June 2015). "Reinvented Jessamyn Duke Ready To Return To The Octagon". MMA Latest - Bringing you worldwide MMA news.
  25. ^ "Ronda Rousey Interview: "I've Always Wanted to Be Samus"". GameSpot.

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