Jessamyn Duke: Win at Invicta FC 5 could lead to main card status

By Al Stover
Esther Lin-Invicta FC

Undefeated Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke makes her return to the Invicta cage as she faces kickboxing sensation turned MMA fighter Miriam Nakamoto at Invicta FC 5 on April 5.

Duke, 2-0 in her professional career, is coming off of a first-round submission win over Marciea Allen at Invicta FC 3. The Gun had tossed out her mouth guard while being hit by Allen. She quickly locked on an armbar before Allen tapped. This earned Duke “Submission of the Night” honors. Nakamoto made her debut against Elizabeth Phillips back in September 2012 and won by TKO in the second round.

For Duke, a win over Nakamoto could propel her to a main card fight. Although Nakamoto has only had one MMA fight, she comes from an extensive kickboxing background that includes several championships.

With a combined four submissions on her professional and amateur record, Duke easily has an advantage when it comes to the ground game, which is where she should take the fight if she wants a quick finish.

She also has two TKOs on her record and has been training with Kaitlin Young, one of the most dangerous Muay Thai fighters in the women’s bantamweight division, so she might try to keep the fight standing. That said, Nakamoto’s kickboxing background would clearly give her the advantage if she and Duke were to keep the match on their feet.

One advantage Duke has over Nakamoto, as well as most other fighters at 135 pounds, is her height. At 5’11″, her height makes it difficult for almost any fighter to hit her in the face, which could hinder Nakamoto’s striking.

Duke is a prospect in a division that has some of the best fighters in the world. If she defeats Nakamoto, it won’t be before long until she steps in the cage against the likes of Ronda Rousey or Miesha Tate.

How do you think Duke will do in her match against Nakamoto? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.

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