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16th Mar 2019

Middleweight clash at UFC London cancelled at the last minute

Tom Breese has pulled out of his clash with Ian Heinisch

Darragh Murphy

This is the second time that Tom Breese has withdrawn from a bout in London on the day of the fight.

Breese will no longer fight Ian Heinisch at UFC London on Saturday afternoon, with health issues reportedly forcing the Birmingham middleweight out of the bout.

The specifics of Breese’s problem were not divulged but Heinisch revealed that he was praying for his opponent.

“I was 100% physically and mentally ready for tonight I worked so hard for this fight. My coaches, manager, teammates, family and sponsors came out to support me through this whole process. Unfortunately my opponent is going through some health issues right now and he pulled out of the fight,” Heinisch wrote on Instagram.

“Even though I am so heartbroken and so angry at him. I know God has a bigger plan and I pray he is okay. Thank you to all my family, friends, sponsors, manager, teammates and coaches I love you all and I am sorry I won’t be able to put a show on tonight!”

Breese, who used to fight at 170lbs, seemingly had no problem making the middleweight limit at Friday’s weigh-ins and while many feel that 185lbs is Breese’s best weight class, there seems to be more going on with the 27-year-old.