Tom Duquesnoy
Fire Kid
Injury Ribs
Est. Return 5/1/2019
Won't fight at UFC 232
November 12, 2018
Duquesnoy revealed via his personal Instagram account that he must withdraw frim his UFC 232 matchup against Nathaniel Wood after an MRI showed an intercostal hematoma.
The injury will keep him away from training for the next 1.5 months, leaving Duquesnoy unlikely to return until early-to-mid 2019. There should be plenty of time for the UFC to find a replacement opponent for Wood, who is unlikely to wait around for this matchup to be rescheduled.
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Added to UFC 232
October 18, 2018
Duquesnoy will take on Nathaniel Wood in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 232 on Dec. 29.
The two fighters have just a combined four fights in the UFC, and it's Duquesnoy with the experience edge, sporting a 2-1 mark with the promotion. Physically, the two measure up very similarly, with only a one-inch difference of height and reach between them. Wood won his only career UFC fight via submission to Johnny Eduardo in June, and the mat game is certainly a skill Duquesnoy possesses, with wins via rear-naked choke, triangle choke and guillotine on his resume. He's only been submitted once all the way back in 2013. It's a matchup of two young bantamweights that won't affect the 135-pound title picture for quite some time, but certainly may down the road.
Wins via unanimous decision in London
March 17, 2018
Duquesnoy defeated Terrion Ware via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
Duquesnoy's leg kicks were the story of this fight. In the first round he landed 14 leg kicks to Ware's 3. He ended most of his combinations with leg kicks throughout the fight. At the end of the first and second rounds he was taken down and absorbed some ground and pound. In the third round Ware's pace and body shots started to take their toll and Duquesnoy began to fade. Ware has never been finished and it seemed like he won the third round. If Ware was more successful at defending leg kicks he may have stolen the fight from "Fire Kid."
Set to fight Terrion Ware
February 19, 2018
Duquesnoy will face off against Terrion Ware at UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17, reports.
The 24-year-old Frenchman was a rising star in the European scene, compiling a 14-1 record and earning BAMMA featherweight and bantamweight titles before signing with the UFC last year. The dynamic fighter has compiled a 1-1 record since joining the UFC, winning his debut in April with a second-round TKO against Patrick Williams before losing by a split decision against Cody Stamann in October.
Struggles in decision loss to Cody Stamann
October 7, 2017
Duquesnoy lost to Cody Stamann via split decision (27-30, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 216 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That should quiet the hype surrounding Duquesnoy considerably. He got off to a quick start before fading considerably in Rounds 2 and 3. The 23-year-old looked excellent in his company debut against Patrick Williams in April but he struggled against a better opponent in Stamann. Duquesnoy is a terrific athlete that gets elite training on a daily basis with the Jackson-Wink camp in New Mexico, but he still needs to refine his game. He'll be back in the near future.
To take on Cody Stamann at UFC 216
August 31, 2017
Duquesnoy will face Cody Stamann in a bantamweight bout at UFC 216 on October 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Duquesnoy maintains a 15-1, 1NC record and dominated his UFC debut against Patrick Williams in April. The "Fire Kid" came out swinging and landed an average 6.59 significant strikes per minute with 73 percent accuracy. However, he ate about as many punches as he landed. Against Stamann, he has the reach advantage but needs to be wary of his opponent's takedown skills just as much as his striking.