"The Octopus" remains undefeated after picking up his tenth career victory.
Tom Breese (10-0) defeated Keita Nakamura (31-7-2 1NC) by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 84 earlier tonight (Sat. Feb. 27, 2016) inside The O2 Arena in London, England.
Two judges scored the bout 30-27. The other judges scored it 29-28.
Nakamura went in on a body lock and landed a takedown a little over one minute into the opening round. The 31-year-old Japanese veteran transitioned into mount with ease, but Breese escaped and threatened with a leg lock. "The Octopus" pressed Nakamura against the fence and threw a couple of punches to the body before Nakamura circled out. K-Taro landed a nice combination and went in for a takedown, but Breese easily defended it toward the end of the round.
In the second, Breese, 24, came forward and threw a pair of punches to get inside the clinch. Nakamura then worked an inside trip, then an outside to score the takedown. Once again, Nakamura transitioned into mount and Breese escaped an attacked with a leg lock. Breese ended up in half guard after a brief scramble and began to work to pass. Breese landed a few strikes, but nothing significant. However he was completely controlling Nakamura. Nakamura recovered to full guard, but Breese made him pay with some nasty strikes from up top. Nakamura attacked with an omniplata, but Breese escaped it. The round ended with Nakamura in side control.
Nakamura worked for a takedown in the third round, but Breese defended it and landed a few elbows with his back against the fence. Nakamura got the takedown evenutally, but Breese attacked with a leg lock when the two hit the mat. Nakamura ended up in favorable position, but Breese pushed him over and tried for inverted triangle, and landed several clean punches, but Nakamura survived
A solid victory for the Tristar Gym-trained fighter, who went to the judges for the first time in his career. Breese is very young, but it looks like he has a very high ceiling. He is now 3-0 in the UFC.
Nakamura drops to 1-1 in UFC competition.
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