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Still under UFC contract, Jessamyn Duke heads back to Invicta to gain cage experience

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Jessamyn Duke might be competing for Invicta this weekend. But she’s still a UFC fighter.

Not wanting to wait any longer for a fight booking, Duke called UFC president Dana White and told him she wanted to head back to Invicta FC for experience and more frequent bouts.

“I finally went to Dana,” Duke explained, “and I was like, ‘I want to fight for Invicta. Let me go fight for them. Let me get a fight. You know better than anyone — you were there watching the fight — that what I need more than anything is time in the ring.'”

Duke will return to Invicta, where she had her first three pro bouts, on Friday night against Irene Aldana at Trinidad Pavilion inside the Tropicana Las Vegas. “The Gun,” an alum of The Ultimate Fighter 18, has lost three in a row in the UFC, most recently a unanimous decision defeat against Elizabeth Phillips at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As soon as that fight was over, Duke (3-3, 1 NC) said she wanted to get back in the cage immediately. It didn’t come together, though. “The Gun” admits that she has been playing “catch up” in the MMA world all this time and that’s why she thought it was best to get some more experience under her belt in Invicta.

“It’s the frequency of fights that I want,” Duke said. “It doesn’t do me any good to fight once a year. I’ve always in my career been lacking in the experience area. I’ve just never had that much time in the ring. I went pro before I was really ready and then I was on a reality show before I was really ready. I was in the bantamweight division of the UFC before I was really ready. ….View full article

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