The once-beaten Duquesnoy walked away with a controversial split decision over “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” graduate Brendan Loughnane, as he retained his 145-pound title in the BAMMA 22 headliner on Saturday at the 3Arena in Dublin. The 22-year-old Duquesnoy (11-1) will carry a two-fight winning streak into his next outing.
Loughnane (10-2) controlled substantial parts of all three rounds and flexed his superiority in the standup, rattling the champion with punches and kicks to the body and head before cutting him in the second round. Duquesnoy secured a takedown in the middle frame and upped his aggression in the third, doing enough to deserve the nod in the eyes of two of the three judges.
In the middleweight co-main event, Christopher Jacquelin submitted Chris Fields with a second-round triangle choke. Fields (10-7-1) raised the white flag 4:55 into round two, as the SBG Ireland product remained winless over his last four appearances.
The 32-year-old Irishman scored with a takedown and threatened Jacquelin with multiple submissions -- a leg lock, a kimura and an armbar -- in an action-packed first round. Jacquelin (7-2) weathered the attacks and pushed the fight into round two. There, Fields again engaged him with a takedown and set up shop in top position, posturing occasionally while working some ground-and-pound. Jacquelin, however, ensnared him in the triangle in the waning moments, forcing the tapout.
Meanwhile, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship veteran Alan Philpott escaped with a split decision over the previously unbeaten Regis Sugden in their featured battle at 135 pounds. Scores were 29-28 and 30-27 for Philpott, 29-28 for Sugden.
After a tepid first round, the 20-year-old Sugden (3-0) briefly floored Philpott in the second and later staggered him with a jarring right hand. However, the finish he sought did not materialize, and Philpott (14-7) regained his wits entering the final five minutes. He leaned on leg kicks, a few stinging punches and a powerful takedown in the third round, edging out Sugden on the scorecards.
Philpott’s failure to make weight -- he checked in at 138.8 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in -- cost him the vacant BAMMA Lonsdale bantamweight title. The championship remains unclaimed.
Elsewhere, Jackson-Wink MMA rep Celine Haga submitted Catherine Costigan with a first-round armbar in a women’s strawweight showcase. Costigan (5-2) conceded defeat 4:46 into round one.
Haga (8-13) pursued the clinch, pressed the Invicta Fighting Championships alum against the fence and executed a takedown. She worked elbows and punches from side control, softened Costigan further with knees to the body and cinched the fight-ending armbar for the tapout.
The 31-yer-old Haga has won seven of her past nine fights.
In preliminary action, Wolfslair Academy’s Jack McGann (9-1) knocked out Jack Grant (9-3) with a clean right hand 52 seconds into the first round of their lightweight tilt; SBG Ireland export Paul Byrne (6-0) took out Conor Cooke (6-7) with a head kick 2:06 into round one of their encounter at 185 pounds; BAMMA Lonsdale champion Marc Diakiese (8-0) knocked out Rick Selvarajah (7-1) 24 seconds into the first round of their lightweight scrap; Team Rough House’s Kane Mousah (7-0) picked up a unanimous decision over Myles Price (8-6) in their 15-minute battle at 155 pounds, drawing 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 marks from the judges; SBG Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh (1-0) disposed of Hatice Ozyurt (1-4) with punches 17 seconds into round one of their women’s bantamweight affair; Frans Mlambo (1-0) wiped out Darren O’Gorman (0-1) with punches 2:45 into the first round of their showdown at 135 pounds; Lukasz Parobiec (12-4) stopped Jonathan Dargan (1-2) with punches 3:27 into round one of their heavyweight tussle; Rhys McKee (1-0) submitted John Redmond (5-10) with a rear-naked choke 98 seconds into the first round of their pairing at 170 pounds; Dylan Tuke (1-0) tapped Adam Caffrey (0-1) via rear-naked choke 3:27 into round one of their bantamweight contest; Scotland’s Paul Craig (7-0) submitted Karl Moore (5-1) with a guillotine choke 46 seconds into the second round of their meeting at 205 pounds; Tim Wilde (7-1) claimed a unanimous decision against Stephen Coll (5-5) in their three-round lightweight bout, earning 30-25, 30-27 and 30-27 scores; Mark Andrew (1-0) tapped Sean Tobin (3-2) with a guillotine choke 1:16 into round three of their matchup at 135 pounds; Patrick Wixted (1-2) dispatched Connor Dillon (5-8) with a knee strike 2:09 into the second round of their bantamweight duel; Alex Leite (1-3) submitted Gerard Gilmore (1-1) via triangle choke 4:33 into round two of their fight at 145 pounds; and SBG Ireland’s Keith Coady (1-2) bounced Arnaud Dos Santos (0-2) with punches 22 seconds into the first round of their flyweight match.