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Prospect Profile: BAMMA Featherweight Champion, Tom “Fire Kid” Duquesnoy

Iain MacMillan

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Name: Tom “Fire Kid” Duquesnoy
Weightclass: Bantamweight (135 lbs) and Featherweight (145 lbs)
Current Promotion: BAMMA
Affiliation: Jackson-Wink MMA
Record: 12-1 (1 NC)
Most Recent Fight: Win (KO) vs. Damien Rooney at BAMMA 24, February 27th, 2016
Next Fight: vs. Shay Walsh at BAMMA 25, May 14th, 2016 (Bantamweight Title Fight)

For the past few years I have been keeping an eye on the young talent that will make up the MMA superstars of tomorrow, so when I started writing this Prospect Profile series I knew that writing one on “Fire Kid” was inevitable. Not only that, I knew I had to write it soon because before too long the Mixed Martial Artist from Paris would no longer be considered a “prospect”, but instead part of the sports elite. The 22 year old Tom Duquesnoy is the current BAMMA Featherweight champion, and after an explosive first round KO at Bantamweight in February, he will be attempting to become a two-division champion when he challenges Shay Walsh for the Bantamweight strap this upcoming May. If he is successful, he will be the first champion within the promotion to be crowned the King at two separate weight classes. Despite only being 22, Duquesnoy has an already impressive record with 9 of his 12 wins coming via finish (6 KO/TKO, 3 SUB’s) and his sole loss on his record coming to the hands of top UFC prospect, Makwan Amirkhani, back in February of 2013. Even though France still deems the sport of Mixed Martial Arts as illegal, Duquesnoy has managed to rise above to earn himself a successful career to date with nothing but promise and potential on the horizon. I got the chance to talk to the “Fire Kid” and he opened up about the state of the sport in his home country, where his passion for the sport comes from, and what his plans are for his future.

MMA Latest News: You’re one of the top, if not the single top, fighter in the world that hails from France. What is the current state of MMA in France? Is it close to being legalized officially? What is the public opinion of the sport in France? Do you see more and more people starting to train in the sport?

Tom Duquesnoy: MMA is still illegal in France. The French Judo Federation implements lobbies to counter the progress of MMA in France. The Judo federation is the most powerful combat sports federation in France and they use all their contacts in the sports ministry to stop the development of MMA. The MMA picture in France is getting better and better though because some journalists do really good work and show that anti-MMA arguments are not factual, nor intelligible. In all cases, MMA will come in France because of the increasing demand, I just hope it will come with a good structure and professionalism.

MMALN: You’re one of the top rated fighters in the world outside of the UFC. Do you hope/plan to make the jump to the UFC in the future? How do you think you would stack up against the worlds best in your weight class?

TD: I will inevitably join the UFC for the evolution of my career, but I will get there when it’ll be interesting for my career and especially to make the most beautiful performances of my career.
You know me, I never do predictions, nor trash talking. What is sure is that I take my time, step by step to arrive at the best level when I will need to.

MMALN: You’ve found a lot of success in the sport despite still being very young. What do you owe your success to and what drives you to work so hard day in and day out?

TD: All I have today is a result from the passion that I have for this sport and of the work done every day since very young. It is also thanks to the good people who surround me and those which helped me during my “MMA trip”. I invest everything I have in MMA and currently it exceeds the limits of my professional life. Not only do I do MMA for a living, but it is also a way for me to do all the things that I one day expected from me life; travelling, discovering new cultures, speaking several languages, being in extremely good physical and mental shape. I will continue that dream as long as I enjoy it.

MMALN: When you started training in mixed martial arts, did you have someone in the sport that you looked up to? Did/do you have any heroes in MMA?

TD: I like a lot of fighters who are really good in different aspects of the fight but no heroes. When I was younger I was inspired by Fedor Emelianenko.

MMALN: What are your short term and long term goals in the sport?

TD: First, I want to unify the two Bamma World titles, after that I will take a some time off, maybe hang out in India or Brazil. In the future, I will continue to pursue my goals, trying be the best fighter in the world and I invite you guys to follow that travel at TomFirekid on all the networks. Thank you for support, see you soon.

I’d like to thank Tom Duquesnoy for taking the time to answer these questions! Please follow him on Twitter at @TomFireKid and like his official Facebook page at ‘Tom FireKid Duquesnoy’.

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

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We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.

Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.

Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?

Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.

Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?

Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.

Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?

Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.

Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?

That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.

Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him? 

He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking  guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.

He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.

BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.

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BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee

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In the main event of BAMMA 31, Alex Lohore knocked out Nathan Jones with a vicious knee to become the new BAMMA welterweight champion.

Jones (11-6) returned to BAMMA after fighting at Bellator 179 in May, where he submitted Umer Kayani in the first round. It was his first title fight under the promotion, as he stepped into the BAMMA cage for the sixth time in his professional career.

The self-proclaimed “future of French MMA” Lohore (13-1) was riding a 9-fight winning streak as he made his BAMMA debut on the night. Like Jones, “Da Kid” last fought at Bellator 179 stopping Dan Vinni, who was scheduled to face Walter Gahadza tonight, but the fight was cancelled.

Round One:

Lohore backed up Jones to the fence and landed some good knees to the midsection. It was evident pre-fight animosity was carried into the cage as both men swung with bad intentions in the first. Jones secured a takedown and looked to wrap up a guillotine choke but Lohore defended well.

After Jones and Lohore broke from a clinching position, Lohore landed a beautiful step-in knee and sent Jones crashing to the canvas unconscious.

Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13

You can stay updated with the official results of BAMMA 31 here, and also over at our Twitter page @mmalatestnews.

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BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds

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In the second fight of his career, Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers knocked out Alex Thompson in just 30-seconds at BAMMA 31.

Chalmers (2-0) made his pro debut back in April at BAMMA 29, when he submitted Greg Jenkins in the first round. “The Joker” had spent his training camp at UTC in Birmingham for this fight, alongside the likes of Yannick Bahati and UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.

Thompson (0-1) had previously fought at BAMMA before facing Chalmers, but on the amateur circuit. Making his pro MMA debut on the night, “The Iron Born” was riding a 4-fight losing streak coming into BAMMA 31, and had taken almost a full year away from the cage.

Round One:

As the round opened up, Chalmers and Thompson began to exchange on the feet. A left uppercut from “The Joker” had already knocked Thompson out on the feet, and as he was falling to the canvas Chalmers landed a right hand to finish the job.

Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30

You can stay updated with the official results of BAMMA 31 here, and also over at our Twitter page @mmalatestnews.

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