“The Motown Phenom” won’t be the only Michigan native on the card when the UFC holds its next major card in Sin City.
After leaving his mark with a promotional debut victory at UFC 213 in July, Cody Stamann will look to follow up and extend his overall winning streak to nine when he meets Tom Duquesnoy at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 24-year-old Duquesnoy revealed the fight via Instagram on Thursday afternoon:
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Stamann was largely dominant when he last appeared, taking all three rounds on two judges’ scorecards in a unanimous decision over Terrion Ware. His only loss was a split decision in 2014, while the Grand Rapids native has managed four stoppages in his last 10 outings, including three TKOs. The Michigan Top Team product has fluctuated from bantamweight to featherweight, but has remained one of the state’s brightest MMA prospects in recent years.
Duquesnoy (17-1-1), a Frenchman who trains out of Jackson Wink MMA, is also looking to build off an explosive debut. A top prospect in his own right, he battered Patrick Williams with elbows and scored a second-round stoppage at UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City back in April.
Kevin Lee, the other Michigan representative on the card, will look to capture gold when he battles Tony Ferguson for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship.
Local MMA fans will continue to hold out hope that a Michigan fighter or two will land on the card when UFC 218 takes place in Detroit on Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena.