Jessamyn Duke vs. Peggy Morgan
Round 1: Duke lands a left hand. Morgan closes the distance and clinches but Duke pushes her away. She delivers a combination. Morgan moves in and ties Duke up. She presses her against the cage. Duke delivers knees to the body and turns Morgan. Duke applies a guillotine choke and pulls guard. Morgan hanging on. Duke cranks on her neck before giving up on the choke. Duke delivers elbows from the bottom. Duke applies a reverse triangle and lands elbows. She transitions to the other side and has a triangle choke. She lands big elbows. Duke continues to land elbows from the bottom. She is battering Morgan with punches and elbows while she has Morgan trapped in the triangle. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Duke.
Round 2: Duke lands to the body with a right hand to start the round. Morgan fires back. Duke steps in with a crisp combination. Morgan throwing her jab. They clinch and Duke lands two knees to the body and they separate. Morgan landing her jab more often now. Duke steps forward with a combination. Duke mixes in leg kicks. Morgan backs Duke up with a jab. Duke’s left hook is finding its mark regularly. Duke lands a combination and they clinch. Duke applies the Thai clinch and delivers knees to the body. They separate and Duke lands a clean combination. Duke steps in with a hard right hand. Duke secures a takedown in the closing seconds of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Duke.
Round 3: Morgan picks up the pace. Duke sticks her jab in her face. Duke delivers a kick to the body followed by another. She applies the clinch and delivers an uppercut. She lands knees to the body. Duke steps back and flurries. They clinch. Duke lands short uppercuts. Morgan works to get the fight to the ground. Duke applies a head lock and drags Morgan to the canvas. Morgan takes Duke’s back. Morgan works for a rear naked choke. She has Duke flattened out. Morgan tries to get her arm under Duke’s chin. Duke rolls and gets to the half guard position. One minute remains in the round. Morgan stays heavy on top. Referee Kim Winslow stands them up. Duke lands a combination. She unloads on Morgan. Morgan’s face is a lumpy mess. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Duke.
The judges scored the fight for Duke by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I consider Peggy a great friend and think very highly of her. Just because we get in there and inflict physical damage doesn’t mean we don’t respect each other and cant be friends outside the cage. Getting this fight is a huge weight off my shoulders, and Im honored to fight in the UFC. I can finally share everything about this life changing experience of being on the Ultimate Fighter. I felt in control for most of the fight. When she got that choke, it never got under my chin fully so I wasn’t in trouble but I just made sure to protect myself.
“Jessamyn was good tonight and she hits hard. I just didn’t put it together like I was hoping.”