Tom Breese withdrew from his UFC Fight Night 107 middleweight bout against Oluwale Bamgbose because of a high heart rate, according to his manager.
Tom Breese didn’t fight as planned at UFC Fight Night 107 on Saturday because he wasn’t sure if he was ready to compete.
Breese’s last-minute withdrawal from the event, which took place at The O2 Arena in London, England, came out of the blue. UFC commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy opened up the UFC Fight Pass broadcast with the announcement that his fight with Oluwale Bamgbose had been scrapped, offering no details other than the fact that Breese was deemed “medically unfit to fight.” UFC officials later confirmed that Breese withdrew from the fight and wasn’t pulled from the card by the organization.
Breese’s manager, Graham Boylan, later gave a brief explanation for Breese’s sudden withdrawal to MMAjunkie.com.
“Tom’s heart rate was very high and the pre-event buildup raised it to levels which left him questioning if he was ready to compete tonight,” Boylan said.
It isn’t clear what Breese’s future has in store for him, and the only thing Boylan said was that he plans on meeting with the 25-year-old in the near future.
“I’ll sit down with Tom this week and see where we go from here,” he said.
Breese (10-1) is coming off the first loss of his professional career, a decision to Sean Strickland at UFC 199 last June. The Brit kicked off his UFC tenure with three straight victories, including wins over Keita Nakamura and Cathal Pendred.
After the Strickland loss, Breese announced that he was moving up to the middleweight division. The Bamgbose fight was going to serve as his 185-pound debut.