Jessamyn Laurel Duke
June 24, 1986
Whitesburg, Kentucky, U.S.
|Ring name(s)||Jessamyn Duke|
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Trained by||WWE Performance Center Santino Bros. Wrestling|
|Debut||August 25, 2018|
|Mixed martial arts career|
|Division||Bantamweight (135 lb)|
Featherweight (145 lb)
|Reach||73 in (190 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Richmond, Kentucky, United States|
|Team||Glendale Fighting Club (2013-present)|
|Rank||Purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2010–2016 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Eastern Kentucky University|
|Notable school(s)||Whitesburg High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jessamyn Laurel Duke (born June 24, 1986) is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. As a wrestler, she worked with WWE as part of their NXT brand. She formerly competed for Ultimate Fighting Championship and Invicta Fighting Championships in the women's bantamweight division.
Mixed martial arts career
Invicta Fighting Championships
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.
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.
The Ultimate Fighter
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 faced Raquel Pennington in the elimination round. Pennington defeated Duke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) and the performance earned both participants Fight of The Season honors.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 Elizabeth Phillips at UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 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.
Professional wrestling career
Duke started her professional wrestling training at Santino Bros. Pro Wrestling School in California. On May 7, 2018, WWE announced that Duke, along with Marina Shafir, had signed with WWE and reported to the Performance Center for training.
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. 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. On the December 19, 2018, episode of NXT Shafir and Duke made their NXT in-ring 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. On October 23, 2019, Duke and Shafir faced Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai in a number one contender's match for the Women's Tag Team Championship, but were defeated.
After several months of inactivity, Duke returned to WWE television on August 17, 2020, reuniting with Baszler and Shafir, after Nia Jax attacked Shafir and Duke. On the August 31 episode of Raw, Duke made her debut on Raw Underground, an underground fight club hosted by Shane McMahon, where she easily defeated local competitor Avery Taylor. This turned to be her final WWE appearance. Duke worked as a full time digital content creator for WWE and UpUpDownDown brand. On May 19, 2021, WWE announced that Duke was released from her WWE contract.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Invicta Fighting Championships
- Submission of the night (one time) vs. Marciea Allen
- Absolute Action MMA
- Tuff-N-Uff amateur featherweight title (one time)
- World Muay Thai Association
- WMA welterweight (152 lb) title
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||3 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||3–5 (1)||Cindy Dandois||Submission (armbar)||Invicta FC 18||July 29, 2016||1||1:33||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||3–4 (1)||Irene Aldana||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 16||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: Cowboy 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 5||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 3||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 2||July 28, 2012||3||2:32||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|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.|
|Amateur record breakdown|
|7 matches||5 wins||2 losses|
|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.|
|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|
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She was a full-time game streamer when she was hired by WWE and creates digital content for the company full time now.
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Duke hasn't wrestled since her Raw Underground appearance, but we're told she's not injured. Instead, she's been focusing on creating content for the UpUpDownDown brand.
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