Tom Breese
The Octopus
Gets replacement in London
WelterweightUFC
February 7, 2019
Breese will now take on Ian Heinisch in a middleweight battle at UFC London on March 16.
ANALYSIS
Breese had originally been scheduled for a matchup with Cesar Ferreira, who was forced to withdraw due to injury. Oddly enough, Ferreira himself had been a replacement for an injured Alessio Di Chirico. Now Heinisch will step in looking to break the curse. His first fight in the UFC occurred in November, where he took a unanimous decision from Ferreira after winning the striking battle 55-to-26. Heinisch was also taken down five times in that fight, but that shouldn't matter much here, with Breese failing to record a takedown in five UFC bouts (4-1 record overall).
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Needs new opponent in London
WelterweightUFC
February 2, 2019
Breese will need a new opponent for the UFC London card after Cezar Ferreira announced his withdrawal via Instagram due to a right knee injury.
ANALYSIS
The card is more than a month away, so Breese, a native of England, has plenty of time for the UFC to find him a new opponent. The 27-year-old is 4-1 in the UFC and 11-1 as a professional, and he'll be looking for his second straight win in the friendly confines of his home country.
Facing Cezar Ferreira in London
WelterweightUFC
January 8, 2019
Breese will take on Cezar Ferreira at UFC London on March 16, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The British Breese (from Birmingham) is 9-0 when fighting in his home country and owns an 11-1 record overall as a professional. He's coming off a win in his most reason bout, defeating Daniel Kelly in the first round by TKO at UFC Fight Night 130 in May. His opponent, Ferreira, has lost two of his last four matches, most recently falling by unanimous decision against Ian Heinisch at UFC Fight Night 140 in November.
Added to UFC Buenos Aires
WelterweightUFC
August 22, 2018
Breese will fight Cezar Ferreira at UFC Buenos Aires on Nov. 17, Dave Doyle of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After nearly a two-year break, Breese was back in the Octagon in May and wound up looking spry with a first-round TKO of Daniel Kelly. That brought his career record up to 11-1 and gives him momentum heading into a fight against Ferreira. However, Ferreira has earned victories in two straight fights and five of his last six, marking yet another tough challenger. Breese will have the height advantage at 6-foot-3 over the 6-foot-1 Ferreira, but Ferreira actually has a significant reach advantage at 78 inches compared to Breese's 73-inch reach.
Defeats Kelly with emphatic Round 1 TKO in England
WelterweightUFC
May 27, 2018
Breese defeated Daniel Kelly via TKO (punches) at 3:33 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.
ANALYSIS
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.
Added to Liverpool card
WelterweightUFC
March 21, 2018
Breese (knee) will return against Daniel Kelly in a middleweight matchup at UFC Liverpool on May 27.
ANALYSIS
Breese 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.