Former UFC fighter Jessamyn Duke left ‘devastated’ by Kentucky floods

Former UFC women’s bantamweight and WWE star Jessamyn Duke has issued an urgent appeal for donations as flooding ravages her home state of Kentucky.

Floods affecting the eastern part of the state have already killed 37, with rescue teams currently scouring the area in search of hundreds of missing people. Thousands of Kentuckians were displaced as the floods destroyed vital power, water and road infrastructure.

Duke, a Whitesburg, Ky., native took to Twitter to issue an urgent appeal for donations to the flood-stricken state. She also shared an image taken by her cousin, who was left trapped in her apartment with her family.

“My house is devastated by floods at the moment. More rain is coming. If you can help, please click on the link below and contribute to the EKY Flood relief. This photo is from my cousin, where she and her husband have been trapped in their apartment.“Duke tweeted.

Jessamyn Duke’s journey from MMA to WWE Notoriety

Duke began his professional MMA career in the Invicta Fighting Championships. With a record including two wins and a no-contest, she then took part in the eighteenth season of The ultimate fighter in 2013, which saw none other than Julianna Peña take top honors.


As part of Team Rousey, Duke defeated Laura Howarth by submission, before losing by decision to future UFC featherweight Raquel Pennington. She then entered the UFC in 2013, where she would fight three times unsuccessfully, before quitting with Invicta in 2016. Duke ended her MMA career later that year after suffering back-to-back losses at the first round.

Like his old The ultimate fighter team captain Ronda Rousey, “The Gun”, then transitioned into a professional wrestling career with WWE. There she teamed up with Rousey once again, with the duo forming half of the “4 Horsewomen of MMA”, which also included former UFC fighter Shayna Baszler and former Invicta fighter Marina Shafir.

Duke was released from her WWE contract in 2021 and now spends her time as a video game streamer.

Jessamyn Duke (left) as part of WWE’s Four Horsewomen of MMA

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