Top women's bantamweight prospect Jessamyn Duke is undefeated....again.
After initially being saddled with a loss last month (April 5, 2013) on the Invicta FC 5 preliminary card when she was knocked out in the first round by a blatantly illegal knee from Miriam Nakamoto, the Missouri State Athletic Commission has overturned the initial decision.
"The Gun" took to the UG forum to announce the good news:
"Got word today that the appeal of my last fight was ruled a NC due to the illegal knee strike that caused it to be stopped. I'm very happy with the decision and glad it's no longer tainted with controversy! Thanks to all the UGers that supported me in my decision to contest the call!"
Duke had started the bout by clinching and working for takedowns against the superior Muay Thai specialist, but when she was unable to take the fight to the canvas, Nakamoto rocked her with a knee to the face that had her in trouble.
When Duke dropped down, she was hurt, but she was clearly on her knees still pursuing the takedown and Nakamoto blasted her with one more knee while she was grounded to put her out completely.
Referee John McCarthy stepped in but in a rare mistake, he ruled that the first knee had done the damage and he was already on his way to stop the fight when the illegal knee landed.
Duke now heads into the next stage of her career with some momentum. It's heavily rumored that she is a cast member of the upcoming season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, although the only thing oficially confirmed was that she tried out for the women's bantamweight season.