In his UFC debut last April, Tom Duquesnoy delivered exactly what European MMA fans had been telling the rest of the world to expect from the 135-pounder, an exciting performance and a big finish.
That’s what the young Frenchman had delivered time and time again during his run in BAMMA. From 2013 to 2016, Duquesnoy went 7-0 with 1 no contest in the British promotion, scoring six finishes, claiming titles at both bantamweight and featherweight, and establishing himself as the hottest prospect in Europe. At UFC on Fox 24, Duquesnoy continued this trend in the world’s premier fight league, ending a spirited effort from Patrick Williams with a savage barrage of elbows early in the second round.
In his next outing, however, the highly-touted Jackson-Wink fighter suffered a setback, as he lost a split decision to Cody Stamann at UFC 216. It was Duquesnoy’s first defeat since he was submitted by another European standout, Makwan Amirkhani, all the way back in February of 2013.
On March 17th, Duquesnoy(15-2, 1NC) will look to get things back on track, as he returns to the continent where he first made a name for himself to face Terrion Ware at UFC London.
The UFC made the bout official on Monday.
Ware(17-7) has been matched very hard during his stint with the UFC. Like Duquesnoy, Ware has had just two fights in the UFC and has a recent loss to Cody Stamann on his record. ‘Flash’ dropped a unanimous decision to the talented Stamann on his promotional debut back at UFC 213. Ware has since fallen to 0-2 in the promotion thanks to a UD defeat to another red-hot prospect, ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley, at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale last December. Another tough test awaits the Californian next month.
UFC London is headlined by a heavyweight scrap between former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Volkov. In the co-main event, English light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa looks to bounce back from a defeat to Volkan Oezdemir when he takes on Jan Blachowicz.