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Tom Breese withdraws from UFC London bout against Ian Heinisch

Tom Breese
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Tom Breese is out of his UFC London fight with Ian Heinisch.

Breese’s management confirmed the story to MMA Fighting following an initial post from Heinisch that stated that the British middleweight had been forced from the event due to health concerns.

The Team Renegade fighter’s manager, Graham Boylan, gave the following statement to MMA Fighting shortly after Heinisch brought the information to light with a post on social media.

“Our apologies to Ian and team we have total admiration and respect in how he’s handled this situation,” the statement read.

“Tom will need some time to sort things out, he’s an amazing young talent and has the full support of both myself and his team. Right now we wish everyone competing in tonight’s fights the very best of luck and a big thank you to the UFC for their understanding.”

In his social media post, Heinisch claimed that he was praying for Breese despite his frustrations with the late withdrawal.

The post read:

“I was 100% physically and mentally ready for tonight I worked so hard for this fight. My coaches, manager, teammates, family and sponsors came out to support me through this whole process. Unfortunately my opponent is going through some health issues right now and he pulled out of the fight. Even though I am so heartbroken and so angry at him . I know God has a bigger plan and I pray he is okay. Thank you to all my family, friends, sponsors, manager, teammates and coaches I love you all and I am sorry I won’t be able to put a show on tonight! Thank you to @mickmaynard2 and the @ufc for the opportunity I’ll be back soon and more ready than ever!”