For those that don’t understand the meaning of the banner picture (yeah, sometimes those things actually have intrinsic value), RYU filed its annual report showing a $9.8 million loss in 2012 on $848,000 in sales. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a financial oversight it is to lose $9 million in one year. It’s as if RYU apparel was managed by the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. We need congressman Alan Grayson to investigate this gross negligence. Granted, now that RYU is under new leadership, they plan to extend to other sports since the MMA world is such a narrow market. Maybe MiddleEasy should do the same. Seriously, would anyone have a problem if we extended our coverage to all things sports? Legit question.
If Jessamyn Duke didn’t pose with that RYU hoodie in the banner picture then we would have never had this conversation. Thanks Jessamyn for giving us something to rant about. Inversely, if Jessamyn Duke was never hit with this questionable knee at last weekend’s Invicta FC 5 card, we would never be able to write this article.
Now it’s obvious the second knee landed when Jessamyn Duke’s knees were on the ground. However Big John McCarthy claimed the first knee is what knocked out Jessamyn Duke and essentially the second knee was frivolous. Duke’s trainer Scott Elliott made a statement on The UG this weekend stating they plan to protest the loss with the athletic commission.
This happened this weekend on the Invicta card. Maybe I’m blind, but that knee looks illegal as s—. She was stunned off the first knee, Big John is keeping an eye on her, Nakamoto throws the second, illegal knee and THEN he steps in to stop the fight. After the fight, John tried to say that he called the fight after the first knee.
What SHOULD have happened is the fighters broke up, a point taken away from Nakamoto, Duke be given her 5 minutes to recover and then the fight restarted. Instead, however, Nakamoto was given the win via TKO and awarded knockout of the night.
Some are trying to argue that she was out after the first knee. First of all, that’s irrelevant. If she was out, the fight should have been stopped right then. Obviously, Big John did not move in to stop the fight after that first knee BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT OUT. It was only after the second knee that he actually moves in to stop the fight. Furthermore, it’s still irrelevant because at that moment, the fight was STILL ON and she throws the illegal knee to a grounded opponent!!
Notice in the video how Nakamoto reacts knowing she made an error in throwing the knee.
Obviously we are contesting this and appealing with the athletic commission.
From my vantage point (in the corner of my living room on my computer) it appears that Jessamyn Duke dropped to her knees immediately after tasting the first knee in order to prevent a follow up knee. Granted, your angle my be a bit better than mine, so what do you guys think?