After watching the 64-second promo for the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” I realized that president Dana White was not exaggerating when he said the rivalry between Miesha Tate (13-4) and Ronda Rousey (7-0) was the most drama-filled in the show’s history.
But as I was watching the video, I also noticed something else. One of the fighters that was featured in the video was undefeated prospect Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (2-0 1NC).
If Duke is in fact a cast member on the show, she will certainly make an impact when she appears on the show.
Prior to trying out for TUF, she had fought in Invicta FC, where she won two of her three first fights. In her last match, she fought Miriam Nakamoto (2-0 1NC, who had has originally won the fight by knockout, until the victory was overturned by the Missouri Office of Athletics.
After the battle with Nakamoto, Duke said she would be trying out for TUF. While she was featured in a video, along with several other women’s MMA veterans, that highlighted the TUF try outs, she did not mention whether or not she was called back, which could be a condition of the show. After the 64-second promo aired and Duke’s face was recognizable, fans flooded her Twitter with congratulations and “I can’t wait to see you.”
Assuming she is on the show and she makes it into the house, she may already have a UFC contract, even if she does not win the competition. TUF veterans like Josh Koscheck (17-7), Patrick Cote (19-8) and Kenny Florian (14-6), not only have become staples in the UFC, but also they have earned championship matches in their careers.
However if she wins the tournament, then she will have make history by becoming the first female fighter to win TUF.
Which other 135-pound women fighters are you hoping to see on this next season of TUF? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover.