Former BAMMA two weight world champion Tom “Fire Kid” Duquesnoy has a massive European following, and he hopes to gain some more American fans as he makes his UFC debut at UFC Kansas on April 15.
Today, the official UFC France Twitter account announced his opponent for the bout.
— UFC France (@UFC_France) February 28, 2017
Duquesnoy (14-1) is the #1 ranked Bantamweight in the United Kingdom and Ireland. “Fire Kid” is undefeated in his past 11-fights, with a No Contest coming against Ashleigh Grimshaw his only setback. Duquesnoy’s lone loss came against now UFC fighter Makwan Amirkhani, when he was choked out in the first round of their 2013 encounter. Following a tough night at the office, where Duquesnoy barely squeaked a decision over Brendan Loughnane, the Frenchman decided it was the right time to move down to bantamweight, and since doing so, has never looked better. He debuted at 135lbs with a violent knockout of Damien Rooney before starching Shay Walsh with a vicious elbow to claim the BAMMA Bantamweight Title in May of 2016. In his most recent outing, the 23-year-old submitted Alan Philpott in the second round of their bout at BAMMA 27.
Williams (8-4) is 1-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a win. The American hasn’t fought since June of 2015, though, where he submitted Alejandro Perez at UFC 188 in Mexico. Prior to that win, in his first UFC bout, Williams was stopped by Chris Beal at UFC 172.
UFC on FOX 24 takes place live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 15, 2017.