On the main card of The Ultimate Fighter season 18 Finale, Team Rousey teammates Jessamyn Duke and Peggy Morgan faced off in a UFC women’s bantamweight bout. It was an incredible display by Duke as she showcased her crisp striking in her UFC debut, and her performance also marked an all-time best by a fighter making their UFC debut.
The UFC passed along the stats after her fight that showed us Jessamyn Duke landed a whopping 123 significant strikes on Morgan. The mark set a UFC record for a fighter making their promotional debut.
— UFC (@ufc) December 1, 2013
With the win, Duke advanced her record to 3-0 with one no contest.
While the striking was most impressive for Duke in her win, she showed some resilience after being caught in a bad position late in the fight. Morgan was able to take Duke’s back and threaten with a rear-naked choke attempt, but Duke survived, got back to her feet and went on to continue landing some crisp combinations.
To top off a great first night inside of the octagon, Duke won a $25,000 bonus for her part in the Fight of the Season on The Ultimate Fighter season 18 against Raquel Pennington.