Tom Breese hopes to put his ‘Fight Island’ nightmare behind him with a KO victory at UFC Vegas 28.
EXCLUSIVE: UFC middleweight Tom Breese of the United Kingdom is hoping to use his frustration from his last battle to motivate him to victory this weekend.
At UFC Vegas 28, which takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Birmingham’s Breese will face Brazilian Antonio Arroyo.
And, following a personal nightmare on “UFC Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi last time around, he’s looking for a show-stopping performance to go back on the winning track.
Breese returned from a two-year sabbatical in February 2020, losing to American prodigy Brendan Allen, but he rebounded back in style in Abu Dhabi last October with a “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning victory over KB Bhullar.
Breese’s triumph earned him a return trip to Abu Dhabi, where he will meet ranked opposition in Russia’s Omari Akhmedov.
His second visit in the COVID-secure bubble, however, turned out to be a nightmare, as the W Hotel was renamed Breese’s Hotel California.
He told Express Sport, “They locked me up in a hotel room for a week before the fight.”
“I had been placed in solitary confinement. I wasn’t even permitted to leave my hotel room.
“I couldn’t acclimate, which messed with my weight cut and a lot of other things.
“Akhmedov is on top of me in the first round, pounding my face in, and my hamstrings are cramping.
“There are still things I’m learning and figuring out, but it doesn’t help when the Abu Dhabi government messes with me for a week before the fight.
“I’m not permitted to go to training, I’m not allowed to do anything,” she says.
“They’re waking me up at inconvenient moments to put me to the test. To be honest, it’s ludicrous.
“I’m still pissed off about it. In reality, he’s p***** off.
“You can’t even sleep when you’re imprisoned in a hotel room – the same room. I’m being held in solitary confinement.
“I’m not letting anyone in.” People have been knocking on my door at inconvenient hours. One of my head coaches was even sent home.
“He had one positive test, then they relocated him to a another hotel where he had two negative tests, and they said, ‘We don’t want him here anyway.’
“It’s absurd, and it really bothered me before the fight.”
Things are looking up for Breese and his teammates. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”