"They said the most important thing was to be yourself and talk," Duke said. "You're going to be talking a lot on the show, so they asked a bunch of things. They asked about my fight that just happened, why I wanted to be on the show, what I brought to the show, what I thought it would be like living with guys in the house. They wanted to see your overall persona that you would bring on the show."
Duke finished Laura Howarth in the elimination fight to get into the "TUF 18" house.
"I was overall pretty happy with my performance. I was happy with my striking, but wished I was more accurate," Duke said. "She was kind of running away from me, so I didn't get full exposure there. Then we clinched and went to the ground, which was fine. I knew she was a wrestler, so I figured she would do what she did on the ground and just hold me there.
"I think I have a good guard and I have more submissions than knockouts on my record anyways. I could tell I was the superior grappler once I got a hold of her. I almost got an armbar, but she defended it well. Once I rolled her back into my guard, I heard Manny Gamburyan scream two minutes. I figured I needed to get off my back to win the round, but I felt her reach, so I jumped on the triangle choke that ended the fight."
Duke was coming off a "No Contest" against Miriam Nakamoto at Invicta FC 5, so she knew she had to set the tone early in her "TUF 18" fight.
"I really wanted that finish; I wasn't letting go until I got something," Duke said. "Dana White's speech before the fights started really fired me up and got me motivated. I wanted to finish my fight and set the bar high. Luckily she tapped, and I was ecstatic!"
In Duke's honor, here's a look at 10 matches to make for Invicta FC 7.