Tom “Fire Kid” Duquesnoy will need to postpone his return to the octagon until next year due to health issues. The French prospect at 135lbs Tom Duquesnoy informed his fans that unfortunately, an intercostal hematoma has left him with no choice but to withdraw from his forthcoming contest against fellow up-and-comer Nathaniel Wood on December 29th at the T-Mobile Arena in the proclaimed fight capital of the world, Las Vegas.
Duquesnoy took to Instagram to address his fans, writing that the hematoma will render him incapable of training for the fight against Wood. On the up-side, he plans to try and get the contest re-booked for February next year.
After different MRI and medical exams, an intercostal hematoma will keep me out of training for the next month and a half and unable to compete for the next fight scheduled for December 29. We are working to re-schedule it for February and for now, it’s time for recovery and medical care. I will keep you informed for the new date of the fight and in the meantime, I thank you all for your support.
After winning fourteen of his sixteen (with one no-contest) fights whilst competing around Europe, Duquesnoy was able to win and successfully defend BAMMA championships at both bantamweight and featherweight. This caught the attention of the UFC and as such, the 25-year-old joined the organisation last year as one to watch. At this point in time “Fire Kid” has had three bouts in the UFC, starting with a second-round TKO of Patrick Williams, before losing a tight split decision loss to Cody Stamann, and most recently picking up a unanimous decision win over Terrion Ware.
It remains to be seen whether officials will seek a new opponent for Wood or re-schedule the meeting with Duquesnoy for a later date. But for the moment, the bout is off.