Fighting Out Of: Birmingham, England
Next Fight: TBD
Tom Breese is an English Mixed Martial Artist fighting in the UFC’s Middleweight division. Beginning his career with an impressive ten fight unbeaten streak, Breese has been seen by many fans and analysts as the UK’s next UFC champion. After suffering a disputable split decision loss in 2016 (the first of his career), Breese was forced out of competition for two years — slowing the hype and expectations surrounding him. Breese finally made his return at UFC Liverpool last month with a first round stoppage of Dan Kelly and is looking to pick up where he left off two years ago and continue his climb of the Middleweight ranks.
You recently suffered your first loss and subsequently battled with some injuries forcing you out of competition for two years. Looking back on it, now that you have successfully rebounded, was the loss and the layoff that followed a valuable learning experience or just a frustrating setback?
“I always take positives from every situation the loss although being a close split decision took a lot of pressure off me. Sometimes I would focus too much on staying undefeated instead of going out there and destroying my opponent. The time off just made me very hungry and motivated to compete.”
Now that you have successfully returned to the cage and looked better than ever, what’s next for you?
“I just want to keep climbing the middleweight rankings and testing myself against top class opponents. I’m a well-rounded fighter but if the UFC wants a truly exciting fight they should match me up with an exciting striker so I can showcase all of my boxing skills. I’ve worked very hard on my boxing in the last 2 years since coming back to England and have been sparring world class fighters. I want to show my best abilities and entertain in the octagon.”
Moving forward, what is going to set you apart from the rest of the division?
“I believe I see the game a lot different to other fighters and have my own unique style in striking and grappling. My techniques combined with my athleticism and cardio is gonna be a big problem for every middleweight.”
What was the fight or moment in particular that let you know you could fight at a high level?
“I’ve always had a strong work ethic and a hunger to improve I think training with world class fighters in MMA/other disciplines and doing well gave me a lot of confidence and belief. Still to this day my training is where I get my confidence from.”
Who is someone that you have trained with that has ‘blown you away’ or impressed you consistently, more than anyone else?
“I think GSP is the person that impressed me the most as his training regimen was so impressive I felt like there was a real science to everything he was doing. He is a very smart fighter and that’s what impressed me so much about him. I learned so much from being in a training camp with him.”
Who is someone that inspires you?
“Again GSP really inspired me with his approach to MMA and his performances inside the octagon also he is a class act inside and outside the sport. Outside of MMA Glolovkin, Lomachenko and old school fighters like Hagler, Duran, and Hearns give me great inspiration, I watch their fights and training footage all the time to try and pick up skills.”