UFC on FOX 24: Prospect Tom Duquesnoy Says He’s “Used” to the Pressure That Octagon Debut Brings
By FCF Staff
Tom Duquesnoy will make his Octagon debut tomorrow at UFC on FOX 24, and due to the attention his career has garnered, the top prospect says he’s ready for the pressure it will bring.
The 23 year-old fighter arrives in the UFC carrying a 14-1 record, and the “Fire Kid’s” resume also includes BAMMA’s featherweight and bantamweight titles. In advance of his fight Saturday with Patrick Williams, Duequesnoy told UFC.com the following:
“Since the beginning of my career, I’ve been able to manage that kind of pressure,” Duquesnoy aid. “It’s not as big as the UFC, but when I was fighting in my debut, everybody was waiting for the result because I had a little bit of experience in sambo, wrestling and boxing, and everybody was wondering if I could do everything mixed together. It went well, and after there was a lot of pressure when I fought for my first belt and then my other belts. So I feel like everybody is waiting for me at each fight to see the results, so I’m kind of used to that pressure.”
Duquesnoy submitted Alan Philpott in his last bout, which took place at BAMMA 27 in December. The only fighter to defeat the prospect to date is UFC featherweight Makwan Amirkhani, who submitted Duquesnoy in 2013.