The UFC London broadcast on Saturday night started with some bad news, as John Gooden announced to UFC Fight Pass subscribers that English fighter Tom Breese was “medically unfit to compete” and that his middleweight bout with Oluwale Bamgbose had been removed from the preliminary card.
It was the second fight that had been pulled from the show at the last minute, as Ian Entwhistle had been withdrawn from a catchweight bout with Brett Johns based on the recommendation of a doctor just hours beforehand.
Gooden didn’t offer a specific reason for Breese’s withdrawal at that time.
However, MMAJunkie caught up with the Tristar representative’s manager, Graham Boylan, later that night and he provided some additional details.
“Tom’s heart rate was very high and the pre-event build up raised it to levels which left him questioning if he was ready to compete tonight,” Boylan said.
“I’ll sit down with Tom this week and see where we go from here,” Boylan added. “Thank you for the support.”
Breese, who started his career with ten-straight wins, the last three of which occurred inside the UFC octagon, has not fought since June of last year, when he tasted defeat for the first time as a pro. Competing at welterweight, the 25-year-old dropped a split decision to Sean Strickland at UFC 199. Three months later, Breese announced via Facebook that he had decided to move up in weight.
“No more draining myself down to 170,” he wrote(via Sherdog). “My future [is] at 185; I’m ready to rumble with these big boys.”
Bamgbose was also looking to rebound from a defeat and shake the ring rust off after a period of inactivity, as his last appearance in the octagon, back in April 2016, ended in a unanimous decision defeat to Cezar Ferreira. But he will have to wait a little longer for another opportunity to do so.