Cody Stamann had a plan after wondering why Tom Duquesnoy was getting all the UFC 216 hype

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LAS VEGAS – Despite equal experience and records, all the hype for up-and-coming bantamweight UFC prospects seemed to be on Tom Duquesnoy going into UFC 216, not Cody Stamann.

Sure, Duquesnoy was a two-division champion for BAMMA on the European scene before coming to the UFC, and that probably went a little farther toward building that hype than Stamann’s wins on the U.S. regional circuit.

But Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knew what was at stake when he fought Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to a split-decision win to close out the prelims at UFC 216 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“I had no doubt in my mind I was going to win that fight,” Stamann told MMAjunkie after the fight. “Duquesnoy is a very formidable opponent, but I have a great team around me. … I knew exactly what he was going to do. He did exactly the same thing he did in the last fight. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. But I knew exactly what he was going to do. The kid hits hard. There’s no doubt. There’s a reason he’s a top prospect. But now I’m that top prospect.”

Stamann said much of his motivation going into their fight came from all the love Duquesnoy, from France, was getting. Stamann was a mild underdog in the fight, but never went away against the Frenchman.

And maybe it served him well to have people doubting him a little.

“I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder going into this fight because I felt like I wasn’t getting the respect,” Stamann said. “I was 15-1, too. I’d fought a bunch of tough guys. I’d knocked people out. I’ve beat everyone they’ve put in front of me. My only loss is a controversial split decision.

“Why does he get the hype and I don’t? And I’m like, ‘Well, there’s only one way to take it from him, and that’s go out and beat his ass.’ And I did.”

For more from Stamann after his big win over Duquesnoy, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 216 results: Cody Stamann strong late, takes split decision from Tom Duquesnoy

Tom Duquesnoy got out to a nice start, but it was Cody Stamann who outworked him the final 10 minutes for a split decision.

Takedowns played a big factor for Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who topped French prospect Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Stamann got a 30-27 and 29-28 from two judges, while a third dissenting judge gave the fight to Duquesnoy 29-28 .

The featherweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Stamann threw a spinning kick 15 seconds in, then shrugged off a heavy kick from Duquesnoy seconds later. A little more than a minute in, Stamann got a brief takedown, but Duquesnoy was quickly back to his feet. Duquesnoy worked a leg kick, then one to the body. But Stamann landed his own to the body. Midway through, Duquesnoy landed a big right hand, then drilled Stamann again seconds left with a left. But Duquesnoy drove in for a takedown and this time kept Duquesnoy down a little longer. Stamann eventually let him back up, but Duquesnoy’s striking was more on point down the stretch.

A head kick was there for Duquesnoy early in the second, and like he did several times in the first, Stamann shook his head as if to say he wasn’t affected. Midway through the round, Stamann drove in for a solid takedown and again put Duquesnoy on his back. Duquesnoy was back up a minute later and landed an elbow. But with a minute left, another Stamann double-leg takedown was on point.

With the fight potentially hanging in the balance, Stamann landed a nice high kick with a little less than three minutes left, and he scored with punches shortly after that. Stamann was able to come forward more than he did early in the fight, and Duquesnoy wasn’t throwing at the same rate as he did in the first round. Duquesnoy looked to be out of gas late, and it may have cost him.

Stamann won for the ninth straight time and moved to 2-0 in the UFC after wigning with the promotion earlier this year. Duquesnoy had an 11-fight winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in four and a half years.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Cody Stamann geared up for bantamweight title run after UFC 216 vs. Tom Duquesnoy

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The way Cody Stamann is looking at his fight this week, his opponent has a bigger name – and he might as well take advantage of it.

Stamann (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) fights France’s Tom Duquesnoy (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the featured UFC 216 preliminary card bantamweight fight Saturday. UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

“I think he might have a little bigger name than me, just because he fought in BAMMA and he’s one of the best guys from that European scene,” Stamann recently told MMAjunkie Radio.

Oddsmakers so far have made the 135-pound matchup a pick’em fight. The fighters have the same records – both 15-1 overall, and each with wins in their recent UFC debuts.

Michigan’s Stamann took a unanimous decision from Terrion Ware at UFC 213 in July, giving him eight straight wins since his lone pro loss – a split decision in 2014.

Duquesnoy, who trains with the Jackson-Wink MMA team in New Mexico, stopped Patrick Williams early in the second round at UFC on FOX 24 in April for his 11th straight win. In that stretch, he won BAMMA’s featherweight and bantamweight titles. So Stamann probably is right on par when he talks about Duquesnoy’s name and reputation.

But that’s what he plans to capitalize on.

“I look at this fight like it’s the perfect opportunity for me,” Stamann said. “This guy’s only got one fight in the UFC, and he’s got a huge name. This fight is going to do a lot for my career. I’m going to be seated at the table, so to speak. I’ll finally be in the mix with the guys I’ve always wanted to compete against. This fight has got big implications.”

Just how big are we talking, though? Stamann says big enough that by this time next year, it’ll be him fighting for the bantamweight title currently held by Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt defends the belt next month against T.J. Dillashaw in the UFC 217 co-main event.

It doesn’t seem to matter to Stamann who wins that fight. He just knows he needs to beat Duquesnoy on Saturday, and in a prime spot leading into the main card on pay-per-view. Then we can start talking about the kinds of opponents that ultimately will get him in line to fight for that belt.

“I think in a year we’re going to be talking about my upcoming fight for the bantamweight world title,” he said. “I really do think that … I don’t think, I know that I have that capability.

“This is just the beginning of all the things I’ve seen unfold in my head already. In one year, we’ll be talking about me being the world champ, and then in a year and a half, I’ll probably be defending that belt.”

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Tom Duquesnoy says he's fighting Cody Stamann at UFC 217 in New York

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The lineup for the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden this fall continues to build with the addition of a new bantamweight bout.

Tom Duquesnoy (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) used his Instagarm account to announce a fight against Cody Stamann (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 217 in November. UFC officials, however, are yet to make a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, and is expected to feature three title fights, just like the UFC’s first show there in November 2016.

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Duquesnoy, a Frenchman who trains at the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA camp in New Mexico, made his promotional debut in April and stopped Patrick Williams with a second-round TKO at UFC on FOX 24. He came to the promotion on a 10-fight winning streak – and as a two-division champion for BAMMA. On his current 11-fight run, nine of his wins are by stoppage.

Stamann brings an eight-fight winning streak into the bout. After fighting throughout the Midwest for the first 15 bouts of his career, the Michgan native made his promotional debut in July at UFC 213 and took a unanimous decision from Terrion Ware in Las Vegas.

With the addition, the latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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