Miriam Nakamoto and Jessaymn Duke fought near the top of the undercard at Invicta FC 5 on April 5, 2013. Early in the first round, Muay Thai world champion Nakamoto secured an underhook and outside, landed two brutal knees, and referee 'Big' John McCarthy stopped the fight.
However, the second knee landed while Duke was down, a cardninal violation of the Unified Rules. McCarthy explained that he ended the fight after the first knee, calling the contest for Nakamoto.
Duke's trainer and owner of the AFS Academy Scott Elliott is protesting the decision, as he explained to The Underground.
Now Duke herself has announced that the decision has been overturned by the Missouri Office of Athletics, Tim Lueckenoff, Executive Director.
Lueckenhoff based his decision after a review of the video, and statements from both fighters, and officials. Nakamoto said she was uncertain about the placement of Duke's knee, due to the height difference between the fighters, as well as Duke's posture. Nakamoto stated further Duke continued to engage following the first knee.
The fight result is now a No Contest.
Illegal knee is illegal
Member Since: 6/2/06
Got word today that the appeal of my last fight was ruled a NC due to the illegal knee strike that caused it to be stopped. I'm very happy with the decision and glad it's no longer tainted with controversy!
Thanks to all the UGers that supported me in my decision to contest the call!
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