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With the long-awaited behemoth that is UFC 200 looming, it would be easy to assume that the event before that, UFC 199, is a pay-per-view that will be overlooked by the UFC in a card-quality sense. However, that simply isn’t the case.
Taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, UFC 199 will see two of the organization’s prestigious belts put on the line as Michael Bisping finally gets his shot at earning the UFC middleweight title that has eluded his career against old adversary Luke Rockhold, while Dominick Cruz defends his bantamweight championship against long-hated rival Urijah Faber.
This quality of fights is replicated throughout the card with featherweight prodigy Max Holloway facing off against former 145lbs contender Ricardo Lamas, as well as an interesting middleweight tilt between veterans Dan Henderson and Hector Lombard—who makes his return to the 185lbs weight limit.
However, we turn our focus to UFC 199’s UFC Fight Pass “headliner” which features the UFC’s most promising welterweight prospects in Sean “Tarzan” Strickland and Tom “The Octopus” Breese.
California native Strickland boasts an impressive record of 17-1, while Brummie upstart Breese holds a perfect 10-0 record and his impressed in his brief three-fight run in the UFC since making the move to the famed Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada.
Breese’s last outing was in February when the UFC returned to London’s O2 Arena. Following his run of consecutive first-round TKO victories over Luis Dutra Jr. and Cathal Pendred, many expected Breese to breeze (apologies) through 40-fight Japanese veteran Keita Nakamura. He didn’t dominate, but The Octopus emerged the victor, earning a relatively comfortable decision victory.
Said win was met with much chagrin from Breese himself and the fans, who had put a lot of stock into England’s most promising prospect—exemplifying the naivety of fight fans who blindly ….View full article