Friday, May 29, 2015

Jessamyn Duke vs Elizabeth Phillips added to July 25 UFC show

Jessamyn Duke
Yesterday, Grant Gordon of the Glendale News-Press reported that Jessamyn Duke vs Elizabeth Phillips has been added to UFC on FOX 16 July 25 at the United Center in Chicago. The rivalry between the two teams going back to TUF 18 is the most interesting thing about this fight as neither fighter has been very good in the UFC. Of course Jessamyn was on TUF 18 and she trains with Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler at the Glendale Fight Club. Though Jessamyn had a good battle with Raquel Pennington in the TUF house and won over Peggy Morgan at the TUF Finale, she's coming off of two bad losses, a split decision loss to Bethe Correia and a TKO to Leslie Smith last July. Jessamyn broke her hand during that fight which is why we haven't seen her. I think she's a one dimensional kickboxer with no punching power. And she's tall but she doesn't seem to know how to use that to her advantage. I think she's been overhyped going back to her Invicta days and she needs to show me something. Elizabeth wasn't on TUF but her teammate is TUF 18 winner Juliana Pena. Elizabeth looked pretty good coming in on short notice last June losing to Valerie Letourneau. Then she lost by split decision to Milana Dudieva in August in Macau. I scored that fight in Elizabeth's favour but neither fighter was very good. Neither did enough to deserve a win. She needs to bounce back from that. You can be sure Juliana will be in her corner and I also expect Shayna to be in Jessamyn's corner. Of course Juliana beat Shayna in the first round of TUF 18 so they aren't pals. That's for sure. We may see some fireworks before the fight between those two.

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