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Ian Heinisch steps in to fight Tom Breese at UFC London

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Buenos Aires-Ferreira vs Heinisch
Ian Heinisch (blue gloves) celebrates a win over Cezar Ferreira at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17, 2018
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Tom Breese has another new opponent for UFC London.

The UFC announced Thursday that Ian Heinisch has signed on as a replacement for an injured Cezar Ferreira to fight Breese in a middleweight bout at The O2 Arena on March 16. Ferreira himself was a replacement for an injured Alessio Di Chirico.

Heinisch (12-1) is a fitting replacement given that he made his UFC debut this past November with a unanimous decision win over Ferreira in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That was the fourth straight win for the former Legacy Fighting Alliance standout who earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

This will be Breese’s second UFC fight at 185 pounds. The former welterweight defeated Dan Kelly by first-round TKO in his most recent outing last May to improve to 11-1 as a pro.

UFC London will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal and the main card will air on the ESPN+ streaming service.

See the updated card below (bout order to be determined):

Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal

Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes

Marc Diakiese vs. Joe Duffy

Gokhan Saki vs. Saparbek Safarov

Jack Marshman vs. John Phillips

Danny Roberts vs. Claudio Silva

Molly McCann vs. Priscila Cachoeira

Tom Breese vs. Ian Heinisch

Arnold Allen vs. Jordan Rinaldi

Nad Narimani vs. Mike Grundy

Dan Ige vs. Danny Henry

Nathaniel Wood vs. Jose Quinonez

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