UFC London: Breese vs Heinisch
By Jon Prentice
Reports have emerged today (via Marcel Dorff) that stand out UK middleweight Tom Breese (11-1) will take on Ian Heinisch (12-1) at UFC London on March 16th, following the withdrawal of Breese’s original opponent Cezar Ferreira due to injury.
It is the now the second time that Breese and Ferreira have been slated to square off, however, both fights have been scrapped as a result of injuries.
The two were originally scheduled to fight at UFC Buenos Aires in November 2018, with the UK’s Breese having to withdraw due to an elbow injury. Ironically, it was Breese’s new opponent, Heinisch, who replaced him to take on Ferreira, with the short notice man picking up a win over the dangerous Brazilian. Breese and Ferreira were rescheduled to face off in London, but on this occasion it was the Brazilian who had to withdraw as a result of a knee injury.
Fans on social media have reacted extremely positively to the news of the match up between two excellent prospects in the middleweight division, and with both men coming into the fight off the back of impressive wins the fight has the potential to deliver fireworks.
27-year-old Breese will be making his sixth walk to the octagon having currently gone 4-1 in the promotion with a string of impressive wins. The former welterweight looked fantastic in his middleweight debut against Dan Kelly at UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool back in May 2018, finishing the veteran Australian just over 3 minutes into round one.
Despite a number of injuries halting his progress, the former BAMMA welterwight champion holds notable wins over Luiz Dutra Jr, Cathan Pendred, Keita Nakamura and Kelly, with 10 of his 11 career wins coming by the way of stoppage. His sole loss came at UFC 199 as he dropped a close split decision to Sean Strickland.
Ian Heinisch, 30, is a former LFA interim middleweight champion who has continued to impress with every fight he has been involved in. He competed in Dana White’s Contender Series in July 2018, disposing of Justin Sumter via vicious elbows in round one, which he followed up with a dominating display over UFC veteran Ferreira in November on just 2 weeks notice. The sole blemish on his record came in September 2017 when he lost to now UFC counterpart Markus Perez at LFA 22 in a middleweight title fight. Heinisch has won 6 of his 12 career victories via finish.
The fight will go down from a sold out O2 Arena on March 16th 2018.