26-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 10-1-0
May 27, 2018 Tom Breese News
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Breese defeated Daniel Kelly via TKO (punches) at 3:33 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.
Breese looked great in his first fight since 2016. His movement and fast hands were too much for the aging Dan Kelly. Breese was able to get jabs through and eventually landed a huge left uppercut to the right eye of Kelly. Kelly immediately grabbed his eye and retreated. Breese tracked him down and landed follow up shots against the fence which forced Kelly to crumple and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
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Fantasy AnalysisBreese is coming off an ACL injury, and it will almost be a year outside of competition when he squares off against Kelly in June. He's 14 years younger than the 40-year-old Kelly, but predicting how a fighter will perform after that type of time off is always a challenge.
Fantasy AnalysisBreese went under the knife this week for his second ACL procedure in the span of three and a half years. The fighter is hopeful of a return after what will most likely be at least a year of rehabilitation. The 25-year-old still has plenty of years in his prime to bounce back in the UFC's welterweight division, though trusting his surgically-repaired knee will be a process.
Fantasy AnalysisYou can make an argument that Breese should have gotten the call, but it was such a boring fight that it would have been hard to get too worked up about the decision either way. In what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match, neither fighter landed much of anything. Breese fired off a few effective kicks here and there, but he failed on all three of his takedown attempts and he lost the total strike battle by a count of 77-62. Both of these men are terrific fighters, but it was not a night to remember for the 24-year-old TriStar product.
Fantasy AnalysisIt wasn't the dominant type of effort that you would have expected from a guy who entered the bout as a -1000 favorite, but Breese did what he had to do to win. At age-24, Breese has a very solid all-around game and he trains with one of the best camps in the world at TriStar in Montreal. Training with guys like Georges St. Pierre, Rory MacDonald and coach Firas Zahabi only a daily basis will only make Breese better. The UFC would be smart to give Breese one more "stepping stone" type fight on a European card, but he isn't far off from earning meaningful fights in the welterweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a stunningly easy performance for Breese against a non-compeitive opponent. He landed a ton of quality punches and one huge body kick later, Pendred's night was over. Breese is now 2-0 in his UFC career, with first-round TKO wins in both contests. He is one of the rare TriStar products who is aggressive and seeks out a finish. His pro record remains undefeated at 9-0-0.
Fantasy AnalysisA product of Firas Zahabi and the TriStar gym in Montreal, Breese won his UFC debut in May via first-round TKO over Luiz Dutra. This is certainly a winnable fight for him against a guy who's name is far greater than his game.
Fantasy AnalysisBreese defeated Luiz Dutra in the first round in the opening fight of UFC Fight Night 67, but apparently suffered a noteworthy injury in the process. He'll have to wait approximately six months, or until he's cleared by a doctor, before returning to the octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisA very impressive UFC debut for Breese. He used his long frame to land some nice leg kicks and connected with a big straight left hand late in the first round that eventually led to the finish. Training out of TriStar in Montreal, Breese is a name to keep an eye on in the welterweight division.