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Each week I will be challenging myself against Professionals from the World of MMA & Jiu Jitsu. To get things started I would like to welcome my first challenger, current UFC Middleweight and top British prospect, Tom Breese.
Tom made his professional debut in 2010 with BAMMA before moving on to Cage Warriors, winning his first 7 fights inside the distance. It was around 2013 that he relocated his training to the World-famous Tristar Gym in Montreal where Tom trained with the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald in his weight class.
Tom signed with the UFC in 2015 and has fought four times for the promotion at 170lbs, winning his first three bouts. Arguably the most impressive performance of his career to date was his destruction of Cathal Pendred, a win that ultimately helped his opponent into retirement. It was a performance that secured a Performance of the Night bonus, hopefully the first of many.
A first career loss to Sean Strickland at UFC 199 prompted a jump to 185lbs. He was due to make his Middleweight debut in London in March but withdrew due to illness. Tom is presently recovering from an ACL tear that is expected to sideline him for the rest of 2017 and potentially beyond. We certainly wish him the very best in his rehab and hope to see him back in action in the very near future.
So, on with the game. Both my guest and I will be picking the results from the main card of the week to see who can correctly predict the result of each event more accurately. A correct winner is worth 2 points and the correct method of victory is worth 5 points. A correct prediction of the winner and method of victory is worth 10 points.
Branch v Jotko
Tom Breese: Branch by Decision
“I feel Branch has the more crisp boxing and is a better grappler in this fight. I’m taking Branch to get a unanimous decision win”
Matt White: Krzysztof Jotko by Decision
David Branch returns to the UFC after a spell as WSoF champion. He has been unbeaten since a 2012 loss to Rumble Johnson. Champions from ‘lesser’ promotions haven’t always fared well and I’m taking Jotko for a huge upset.
Edgar v Rodriguez
Tom Breese: Edgar by Decision
“I feel Edgar is too experienced for Yair. Yair could catch him with some big strikes and hurt Edgar but I believe Edgar will tough it out and grind a win on points”
Matt White: Edgar by TKO
Rodriguez has been extremely impressive but this is a massive step up in class. Edgar has the power to finish and doing so would potentially see him jump the queue for a title shot against the winner of Holloway and Aldo.
Maia v Masvidal
Tom Breese: Maia by Submission
“Masvidal is a gamer and very well rounded but I believe Maia will repeatedly take him down and get to the back where he will eventually get the submission win.”
Matt White: Maia by Submission
Masvidal will look to stand and bang, but Maia is a very smart fighter and will look to neutralise this at the first opportunity. If he takes him to the ground he will be on him like a backpack. Gunnar Nelson was schooled by Maia in this area and I don’t see Masvidal faring any better.
Jedrzejczyk v Andrade
Tom Breese: Jedrzejczyk by TKO
“I think Joanna will weather the early storm from Andrade and with her fitness/efficiency she will be strong in the later rounds where I think she will get the TKO finish.”
Matt White: Jedrzejczyk by TKO
Joanna hasn’t put a foot wrong in the UFC and her striking just gets better and better. Andrade is revitalised at 115lbs and deserves her title shot but she remains hittable and that’s a bad trait when facing someone like Joanna.
Miocic v Dos Santos
Tom Breese: Miocic by TKO
“I think JDS can match Miocic skill wise but his body has taken too much punishment over the years and he isn’t the same fighter so I’m picking Miocic to get the TKO win.”
Matt White: Dos Santos by Decision
Stipe Miocic has been very impressive lately but I’m not 100% convinced by him as a dominant champion. He was finished by Struve, a far less feared striker than JDS and I think that he remains susceptible to some questionable fight IQ. JDS has been here before and could do well again if, and it’s a BIG IF, he has recovered from the beatings handed down by Cain.
I’ll be back next week with the results from UFC 211 and my next special guest. In the meantime, if you’d like to register interest in taking me on, please use the form below.