Tom Breese
The Octopus


Booked against Arroyo for June
April 15, 2021
Breese (12-3-0) will fight Antonio Arroyo (9-4-0) at a UFC event on June 15, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Breese has dropped two of his last three fights since January of 2019 and will look to turn things around after losing his most recent bout earlier in the year to Omari Akhmedov via submission (arm-triangle choke) in Round 2. Breese has a bit more experience in his professional career than Arroyo but otherwise, this should make out to be a pretty even matchup with both fighters lining up at the same height and reach.
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Drops back-and-forth affair
January 20, 2021
Breese lost to Omari Akhmedov via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:41 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
Breese was able to foresee an early takedown attempt from Akhmedov that allowed him to sink in a guillotine, but his opponent eventually escaped and ended up on top. Akhmedov started to pour on the ground-and-pound and Breese ate several heavy shots, offering little in terms of resistance. Breese was eventually able to get up and initiate another scramble, threatening with a heel hook before taking the back of a tired Akhmedov. Akhmedov survived, but Breese finished Round 1 with the momentum. Breese kept the creative submissions coming and opened the round with a calf slicer attempt, but Akhmedov escaped and ended up on top, where he sunk in a deep arm-triangle choke. Breese has now alternated wins and losses in his last six UFC fights.
Fight moved back four days
January 12, 2021
Breese's scheduled fight against Omari Akhmedov was pushed back to Jan. 20.
The pair had initially been set to square off on Saturday but will now do so four days later than originally planned. A reason for the change was not provided.
Fight with Akhmedov set for January
December 7, 2020
Breese (leg) agreed Monday to face Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1) in a middleweight fight at the UFC's Jan. 16 event, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Breese (12-2-0) returns to the Octagon for the first time since Oct. 10, when he soundly defeated K.B. Bhullar via TKO in Abu Dhabi. The 29-year-old Englishman came out of the bout with a left leg injury, but his inclusion on the Jan. 16 card implies that he's gained full medical clearance at this point. "The Octopus" owns a 5-2 record since joining the UFC in 2015.
Possible leg injury
October 13, 2020
Breese is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending X-rays of his left leg, reports.
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.
Blows past K.B. Bhullar
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.
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.