British UFC star Tom Breese will return to motion on October Three when he faces Roman Kopylov.
The bout, which might be headlined by Holly Holm and Irene Aldana’s bantamweight conflict, would be the first time followers have seen Breese within the octagon since February.
Breese was stopped by the spectacular Brendan Allen at UFC Norfolk within the first spherical as he suffered simply the second lack of his MMA profession.
Nevertheless, the ‘Group Renegade’ fighter graciously embraced the defeat after returning to motion after a prolonged absence and is able to make his mark.
“To be trustworthy, it was a terrific expertise for me,” he informed talkSPORT.com. “I had one combat in 4 years and it was nice to only get in there and mud off the cobwebs and I really feel very refreshed after that.
“The efficiency wasn’t nice, I do know I wasn’t at my greatest, however I can solely be taught from that have.”
Standing in his method is Kopylov, an 8-1 opponent who additionally suffered defeat in his final day trip when he was choked out by Karl Roberson again in November.
Given Breese is likely one of the most completed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu opponents on the UFC roster, the Birmingham-native has honed his hanging abilities for the bout and is prepared for wherever the competition goes.
“From watching his bouts, he’s very a lot a striker,” the 28-year-old added.
“I perceive it’s blended martial arts and I’m positive he has acquired abilities in all areas however, from what I can see, he likes to maintain it on the toes and use boxing and kickboxing.
“He’s a southpaw like myself, so there’s just a few changes there for a southpaw fighter. However I’m snug and assured in all areas and I’m all the time progressing my skillset.”
Previous to his bout with Allen, Breese bravely informed talkSPORT about his battles with anxiousness and psychological well being.
With the bout more likely to happen with out a crowd owing to restrictions positioned on the UFC due to COVID-19, Breese is extra ready than ever to face his demons head on.
He mentioned: “I’m used to competing in IBJJF tournaments, I competed on Polaris earlier on within the yr so I’m sort of used to competing in quiet venues.
“On the finish of the day, I’ve simply acquired to remain centered on the duty at hand – whether or not there may be or is just not a crowd.
“I imagine in myself, I imagine I’ve acquired the flexibility. Like I say, it was good to get in there after 4 years and mud off the cobwebs.
“I felt like, though it was a poor efficiency and it didn’t go my method, I realised how a lot I beloved this sport and my ardour is increased than ever now, if something!
“I’m so excited to return in there and proceed my progress and hold climbing.”
The 185lbs division is likely one of the most stacked within the UFC at this second in time; the massive title combat between Paulo Costa and champion Israel Adesanya takes place earlier than fellow Brit Darren Until takes on Jack Hermansson in what may very well be an enormous primary contender match.
With former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker additionally within the combine after his Struggle Island win over Until, Breese know he has the abilities to get himself proper within the combine with a return to successful methods.
“Talent-wise, I imagine I can hold with anybody, he completed. “I imagine in myself, I’ve simply acquired to get in there and get constant fights below my belt.
“That’s it, combating common, and I’m excited for this October Three combat and I’m hoping I can get the win there and get on the market once more like December time.
“Such as you say, the division is so thrilling on the minute and there are such a lot of nice fighters to compete with.
“However on the minute, my essential focus is on Roman Kopylov. Preventing within the UFC is all the time an thrilling problem.”