Tom Breese
The Octopus

England

Out
Injury Leg
Est. Return 4/10/2021
Possible leg injury
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 13, 2020
Breese is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending X-rays of his left leg, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Breese didn't look the least bit hampered in his dominant victory against K.B. Bhullar, but his post-fight medicals seem to have revealed a leg injury that the athletic commission will want him to get checked out. He'll be sidelined for a minimum of 30 days -- which rules out a quick turnaround on Fight Island -- but could be out until spring of 2021 unless cleared earlier.
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Blows past K.B. Bhullar
MiddleweightUFC
Out
October 10, 2020
Breese defeated K.B. Bhullar via TKO (punches) at 1:42 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Easy work. It's rare to see a fighter dominate a fight throwing nothing but jabs, but that's what happened here. Breese spotted a weakness in Bhullar's armor and repeatedly exploited it. It's difficult to believe Breese entered this fight as ONLY a -210 favorite considering the gap in ability between the two. Breese has always had talent but has struggled with consistency. The 29-year-old has now alternated wins and losses in his past five fights. Perhaps this strong performance will get him going. At the very least, he'll take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Facing new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
Out
September 26, 2020
Breese will fight K.B. Bhullar in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 10, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Breese was scheduled to face Roman Kopylov, but he was forced to withdraw for unspecified reasons. He'll instead get a matchup with Bhullar, who will be making his UFC debut instead of appearing on the Dana White Contender Series as previously scheduled.
Facing Kopylov in October
MiddleweightUFC
Out
August 28, 2020
Breese will face Roman Kopylov in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 3, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Breese last fought in February, when he lost to Brendan Allen via TKO (strikes) during Round 1, but he'll have a chance to get back on track in October. Kopylov hasn't fought since making his UFC debut in November, when he was handed his first professional defeat at the hands of Karl Roberson.
Gets 30-day medical suspension
MiddleweightUFC
Out
March 2, 2020
Breese has been handed a 30-day medical suspension following his first-round TKO at the hands of Brendan Allen at UFC Norfolk, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The TKO loss was the first of Breese's career. He has been known for his durability, so the quick loss was certainly surprising. There is not much clarity regarding the specific injury he sustained, but he will be sidelined for at least a month.
Knocked out for first time
MiddleweightUFC
Out
February 29, 2020
Breese lost to Brendan Allen via TKO (strikes) at 4:47 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
Known for his durability, this is the first time Breese has been stopped in his professional career. In certainly comes at an inopportune time as Breese was trying to make some headway at 185 pounds. He found himself getting pounded on by Allen and while referee Bill Bookwalter gave Breese plenty of time to recover and get out of it, it clearly wasn't happening. This was Breese's first fight in more than a year and a half and just his third fight since June 2016. When you remain on the sidelines for that long, a win-one, lose-one approach simply isn't going to work. Breese needs to get back into the octagon and pick up the fancy if he wants to continue to fancy himself a contender.