Jessamyn Duke shows off striking in one-sided performance over Peggy Morgan
When The Ultimate Fighter ended this season, Jessamyn Duke chose
to relocate to California to work with UFC women’s champion Ronda
Rousey full time. It seems the hard work and tutelage working with
Rousey paid off as she put on a one-sided performance to beat
former teammate Peggy Morgan in the second featured women’s bout at
the TUF 18 finale.
As two of the tallest women in the bantamweight division, Morgan
and Duke negated the reach advantage they both normally enjoy
almost as soon as the fight started. Morgan looked for the clinch,
but Duke’s counters were ultra effective as she started launching
knee strikes to the body forcing her former Team Rousey teammate to
look for the takedown.
Seeing the opening for a submission, Duke dropped for a
guillotine choke, pulling full guard and grabbing onto Morgan with
every ounce of her strength. Through patience and perseverance,
Morgan was able to slip free, but immediately found herself caught
in a triangle choke courtesy of Duke. Morgan pressed down on her
opponent’s body to alleviate the pressure from the choke, but Duke
countered with a series of elbows that landed like battering rams
to the side of her head.
Morgan attempted to establish her jab a bit more in the second
round, but her best efforts were instead met with combination after
combination from Duke, whose striking was just much more effective.
Morgan’s straight punches were no match for Duke, who came over the
top with left and right hooks, slamming her opponent on the sides
of her face.
As the third round started to tick away, Duke’s offensive game
just gained confidence with her punches finding a home on Morgan’s
chin. Duke continued to pepper away from the clinch against the
cage, but her aggressiveness almost cost her as she went for a
bulldog choke and Morgan’s counter landed her on the back, sinking
her hooks in and looking for the choke. Duke wiggled free and was
able to get half guard back against Morgan before referee Kim
Winslow stood the fighters up despite the dominant position on the
Back on the feet before the final seconds ran out, Duke cracked
Morgan with a few more shots for good measure as her face swelled
like a balloon. The one-sided fight showed with the judges as well
as all three scored the fight 30-37 in favor of Duke.
Duke (3-0) looked fierce in her official UFC debut and as she
continues to train with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda
Rousey and former teammate Shayna Baszler, the sky is the limit for
this young Octagon newcomer. Morgan (2-1), who also works as an
adjunct college professor, drops her first professional fight after
opening her career with back-to-back wins after a successful
amateur career as well.