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Watch: Hot Prospect Tom Duquesnoy Scores A Vicious Finish In Flawed But Exciting UFC Debut

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 15: Tom Duquesnoy of France celebrates after defeating Patrick Williams dto win their Bantamweight bout on UFC Fight Night at the Sprint Center on April 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After his much-anticipated UFC debut, some may be questioning whether France’s Tom Duquesnoy is deserving of the hype that followed him into the octagon, but few will question the pre-fight narrative that suggested he is among the most exciting bantamweights on the planet.

The Jackson-Wink prospect struggled somewhat in the opening round at UFC on Fox 24, not only finding it hard to cope with the quality wrestling game of Patrick ‘The Animal’ Williams but also looking somewhat open on the feet. Duquesnoy was taken down on multiple occasions and he was even dropped to a knee by a short right-hand from the American.

‘Fire Kid’ kept bringing the heat, however, and soon Williams, who hadn’t competed since June of 2015, was feeling the burn.

The closing seconds of the first round saw Duquesnoy trap Williams against the fence and deliver a sickening salvo of evil elbow strikes that dropped the American to the seat of his pants right as the round came to an end. Williams sat on the canvas for several seconds thereafter and when he did return to a vertical base, ‘The Animal’ that he most closely resembled was Bambi.

The second round began ominously for the Disney-fied Williams, as Duquesnoy pressed him with a reckless intensity. The former two-weight BAMMA champion unloaded with a terrifying Thairade of elbows and knees, eventually putting Williams down with a right elbow strike. A follow-up punch landed just as the referee intervened to declare Duquesnoy a TKO victor.

With the win, the Parisian improved to 15-1 with 1 no-contest, while Williams dropped to 8-5.

Afterwards, Duquesnoy admitted that he had a lot to work on, especially in terms of his takedown defence, but rightly identified the usefulness of his elbow and knee strikes in curtailing the effect of a solid wrestling game.

Duquesnoy still has a long way to go, but remember, he is just 23 years old.

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