Former BAMMA Bantamweight Champion Tom Duquesnoy made a successful promotional debut at UFC On Fox 24, defeating Patrick Williams by second round TKO.
A debut victory is just the first part in a step by step plan Duquesnoy has to become the UFC Bantamweight Champion.
“I want to do everything step by step, as I always did in my career, so I will be sure to win the title,” Duquesnoy said after the event. “UFC is a dream come true. But it is also the continuation of my professional goals. It’s a mix of, ‘That’s normal,’ and a mix of, ‘I’m very glad, actually.’ It’s a big thing. I used to fight for a lot of main events, but you can’t compare with a show like UFC.”
Duquesnoy had a tough time with Williams early in the fight, but seemingly regained his composure midway through the first round.
The French fighter believes that it was the use of his elbow strikes that got him the TKO win.
“From the very beginning of my career, I’ve always been using elbows,” Duquesnoy said. “It is also one of the things I work a lot every day. That’s one of the European things because we have a high level of kickboxing and muay Thai over there, so against the high-level American wrestlers, I’m trying to use the elbow like an anti-wrestling game.”
Twenty two fighters competed on the UFC On Fox 24 card, but Duquesnoy was the only fighter to be making his UFC debut that night.