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The hype around England’s Tom Breese has grown steadily over the years and his concise first round finish of Cathal Pendred in the Dubliner’s backyard last Saturday will only add to his momentum.
Emerging on the pro scene under the BAMMA banner in 2010, the Birmingham man recorded a six-fight winning streak, all of which came by stoppage (five submissions and one KO). His last fight outside of the UFC ranks saw him take another third round submission at Cage Warriors 74, and when the UFC came calling for the unbeaten Brit, nobody was particularly shocked given his evident skillset.
Now a fixture at Montreal’s world renowned Tristar Gym, the story of how Breese endeared himself to Georges St-Pierre on his first visit is a testament to the rangy welterweight. On his initial journey to the Canadian facility, the legendary GSP was so impressed by Breese that he paid for him to stay in Montreal where he would act as one of his primary sparring partners in preparation for Nick Diaz. An experience that undoubtedly acted as a learning curve for Breese, by the time his UFC debut came around this May there was no denying his improvements ….View original article