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Dublin hosted one of the world's top MMA prospects and he didn't disappoint

Tom Duquesnoy scored a big first-round KO at the 3Arena.

Tom Duquesnoy
Tom Duquesnoy
Image: BAMMA

BRITISH MMA ORGANISATION BAMMA have arguably the hottest young prospect in the sport on their books at the moment and they brought him back to Dublin on Saturday night for BAMMA 24.

Tom Duquesnoy, whose previous outing saw him overcome one-time UFC fighter Brendan Loughnane at the 3Arena in September, was back in the Irish capital over the weekend.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has been generating a lot of hype and that looks set to go to the next level after his latest performance.

Facing Cage Warriors veteran Damien Rooney — the Newry native who was returning to action for the first time since a flyweight bout 14 months earlier — Duquesnoy was making his bantamweight debut, having already conquered BAMMA’s featherweight division.

Duquesnoy’s first taste of life at 135lbs lasted just 82 seconds, as he bombarded Rooney with strikes and a big knee, before a ferocious left hook sent the Irish veteran tumbling.

The KO win took Duquesnoy’s professional record to 12-1 and he’s now undefeated in his last nine outings. His only defeat came as a 19-year-old at the hands of current UFC star Makwan Amirkhani.

Duquesnoy hails from Paris but he has been training in Albuquerque at Jackson Wink MMA, the home of a host of elite fighters such as UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and pound-for-pound number one Jon Jones.

It’s unclear if his contract with BAMMA will allow him to make the move should an offer be forthcoming from the UFC, but one thing is for certain: Duquesnoy is ready to make the step-up and show that he’s no longer one for the future, but one for the present.

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