Invicta FC bantamweight fighter Jessamyn Duke has won her appeal of her loss to Miriam Nakamoto at Invicta FC 5. The Missouri Office of Athletics overturned the bout to a “no contest” due to a missed illegal knee.
The Kentucky-based fighter was rocked by an initial knee and immediately dropped to her knees but was not out, Nakamoto then threw another knee that connected while Duke was clearly down. Nakamoto clearly thought the second knee may have been illegal by the way she threw her hands up after the referee intervened. Referee “Big” John McCarthy initially ruled the knee was legal and stood by his call until reviewing the video footage later.
McCarthy told MMAJunkie:
“The overturning of the bout was my recommendation, and that was what they did. The first knee was the one that hurt [Duke]. But at that time, it’s still the sport, and still competition, and rules need to be followed. The second knee is the reason there’s a no-contest. Fighters have to follow the rules at all times.”
The win returns the rumored TUF 18 contestant to her previously unbeaten professional record at 2-0 (1 NC).
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