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Tom Breese Talks BJJ, Upcoming Polaris 4 Bout, Potential Fight with Jacaré and Georges St-Pierre Contract Saga

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UFC middleweight Tom Breese has taken some time off from MMA competition recently but he’s certainly kept himself busy. Breese will be competing at both Polaris 4 and Eddie Bravo Invitational 9 in the coming weeks, and last weekend secured a rear naked choke victory over the Cage Warriors lightweight champion Chris Fishgold in a grappling exhibition bout, sharing this finishing sequence on his Instagram account. Breese will face Ben Dyson this Saturday, October 29th at Polaris 4.


Whilst training under Firas Zahabi at TriStar in Montreal, Breese would make regular trips to New York to train with John Danaher, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest grappling coaches in the world and likely the man responsible for the arm-trap from the back we saw Breese employ in that finishing sequence against Fishgold. Since returning to Birmingham, Breese has been working with Chiu Kwong Man, the first man to receive a black belt under BJJ legend Braulio Estima.

This is a level of coaching that must surely give Breese confidence going into his bout with Ben Dyson.

“I made trips to New York pretty regularly to go down and see them, training with those guys is great. John’s a genius,” he said. “I competed against Ben before in a tournament final and he actually caught me in a submission so I’ll be looking for revenge. There were a few stand-up exchanges and as soon as we went to the floor, right as we hit the ground he just caught me straight away. There wasn’t really a feeling out process, I just got caught cold so I look forward to competing against him again.”

We’ve seen Breese showcase Danaher’s methods before, not only in the finishing sequence against Fishgold but also in Breese’s UFC bout with Keita Nakamura in London earlier this year. It’s clear Breese has gained a lot from this training and it will be interesting to see if he utilizes Danaher’s patented leg attacks, as we may also see employed in Danaher protégé Garry Tonon’s match-up against UFC lightweight and three-time BJJ world champion Gilbert Burns.

“Yeah absolutely,” he said. “If the leg’s there I’ll take the leg, but If other submissions are there I’ll go for them too. I’ll attack the whole body, I’m open to all submissions.

“I think Garry will submit Gilbert Burns. Burns is very good, I think there’ll be some great exchanges but I think Garry’s pressure and all-out-attack style is going to end up catching Burns eventually.”

In their first 3 events, Polaris have already showcased names like Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares, Eddie Cummings, Keenan Cornelius, Dean Lister, Marcin Held and returning star Garry Tonon. Not many, if any, grappling promotions in the world offers a better caliber of competitors than Polaris, which is incredible given the relatively short lifespan of the promotion thus far. I wondered if preparing for a grappling bout differed significantly from MMA fight preparation for Breese.

“I still train twice a day, conditioning, grappling and a lot of sparring,” Breese said. “I’m a mixed martial artist and after these grappling tournaments I want to get straight back in and fight so I’ve kept sharp, ticking over with my striking. For me training all year round, twice a day is just a lifestyle, it’s what I love to do so I’m happy.”

Breese hasn’t got a fight announced at the moment, and he says there’s no opponent or date set in stone just yet.

“Not yet, basically I’m just concentrating on these grappling matches, they’re a great experience for me and it should help me improve as a fighter. I’ve just moved back to Birmingham after living in Montreal for a while so I have a few things I have to do, move into a new apartment and stuff like that. Once that’s sorted I’d like to get a fight end of January/February time really.”

During Breese’s time at TriStar in Montreal, he trained extensively with Georges St-Pierre, whose ongoing contract saga has made big news in the MMA world recently. 

“Yeah I’m not too sure what’s going on there actually. If he is a free agent I’m not sure where else he would fight, who could afford to pay his wages, you know? It’s definitely interesting, it’s good to see fighters standing up against the UFC.”

Polaris 4 takes place this Saturday, October 29th. As well as Breese taking on Dyson and Tonon squaring off against Burns, we’ll also be treated to the likes of AJ Agazarm, Fernando ‘Tererê’ Augusto, Conor McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, Eddie Bravo’s black belt Nathan Orchard, Japanese legend Masakazu Imanari, 100+ MMA fight veteran Ikuhisha ‘Minowaman’ Minowa and Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro, just to name a few. It’s clear this is the level of competition that Breese wants to test himself against.

“My dream grappling match-up would probably be the same as my dream MMA match up,” he said. “Jacaré. I’m training for him now, I’ve been training for him my whole life! That’s the type of fighter I want to be facing eventually, but I’ve got to work my way up. I’ve always been a big fan of Jacaré, I love his fight style and I’d love to test myself against that style.”

 

Polaris 4 is available on pay-per-view via their online stream which can be found here. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29th and will kick off at 18:30 BST.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218

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The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.

UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.

Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1

The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.

Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1

Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.

Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1

The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.

Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2

We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.

Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision 

David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.

Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision

Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.

Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3

The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.

Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2

As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas.  Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.

Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision

Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.

Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3

Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.

Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision

From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.

Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1

As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.

Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3

Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.

The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.

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2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app

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This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.

The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bh.iaa.bahraintv&hl=en

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/bahrain-tv/id992105518?mt=8

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