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Tom Breese Says It’s a Relief Fighting at Middleweight

March 16, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Tom Breese spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC Fight Night 107. Some highlights are below:

On leaving his training camp and going back to the UK: “I was very passionate about coming back home. I always planned on coming back home eventually. I decided to do it now. I’m back home. I’m really enjoying my training. Going up to middleweight, I feel, was a natural thing for me. I’m always in the gym training at around 195-to-200 pounds, 205, something like that. But when I was cutting down to welterweight, I was getting back in there at around 185, and it’s a weight I’m not used to training at, so I thought (middleweight) would be a more natural weight for me.”

On moving up to middleweight: “It’s a big relief. I don’t have the stress of potentially not making weight, and I feel great. I’m getting a lot more sleep in the week of the fight, as well, because when you’re cutting weight it’s very hard to sleep when you’re dehydrated and you’re starving. So I feel great. I’ve got so much more energy, so I’m looking to fight at a faster pace. I definitely feel at this weight class I’m going to have a huge cardio advantage over a lot of fighters.”

On on feeling less pressure for this fight: “Definitely there’s a lot of pressure off. I think I felt the most pressure last time I fought (in London, at UFC Fight Night 84), coming off the two big wins and there was a lot of pressure on me to fight Keita Nakamura, who’s an experienced fighter. I was still fairly inexperienced. Those last two fights, I’ve learned a lot from and gained valuable experience.”

On Bamgbose: “He’s a dangerous opponent – a big hitter, kicks hard, punches hard. It’s a great challenge. (I’m) looking forward to the fight at middleweight. I have no pressure, and I’m looking to get in there and attack. I believe I’m going to stop him. Any round, but I believe I’ll get the finish. I can’t see it going the distance.”

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