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Judo competitor Duke Didier aiming for Olympic Games qualification after Commonwealth Games heartbreak

His fourth place at the Commonwealth Games ''lit a fire'' inside Canberra judo competitor Duke Didier, who is aiming to press on towards the 2016 Olympic Games.

However, Didier is also keen to ''sneak a cage fight or two'' into his preparations and add to his impressive resume as a mixed martial arts fighter.

The 25-year-old was an interested spectator at the ACT premier division rugby union grand finals on Saturday to watch his sister Renee continue the family tradition for Royals in the women's decider.

Didier has just returned from Glasgow where he narrowly missed out on a medal in the men's 100-kilogram division, defeated on penalties in the bronze medal bout against New Zealand's Jason Koster.

Koster is the Oceania champion and Didier's main competition for an Olympic spot.

Didier will put all of his energy into qualifying for Rio de Janeiro after going so close to standing on the podium in Glasgow.

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''The fact I lost by a penalty, it's really lit a fire inside me,'' Didier said.

''It hurt, it still hurts, it will hurt for a long time, but I'll move on. 

''I would never have imagined when I walked into the Marist judo club when I was nine years old that I'd be fighting for a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

''When I look it at that way, it's all right.''

Judo is an optional sport at the Commonwealth Games and won't be on the program in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

''I'm just glad I got the chance to do judo at the Commonwealth Games, because you don't know when the next chance will be,'' Didier said.

''I'm going to put my focus on Rio.

''I might try to sneak a cage fight or two into there.''

Didier has a perfect 4-0 record in mixed martial arts, winning his most recent fight at Capital Punishment 7 by submission against Michael Falula in March last year.

His long-term ambition is to compete in the lucrative Ultimate Fighting Championship in the United States, and he has been cutting his teeth in the Brace for War events in Australia, including those in Canberra.

''I'm going to try my best for qualification for the Olympics, it's a two-year process,'' Didier said.

''I'll know in a year how I'm faring. If I'm faring well, I'll go all in. If I'm not faring so well, you'll see me with the gloves on again.''

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