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Tom Breese withdraws from UFC London due to health issues

With just hours left to spare, middleweight fighter Tom Breese has been forced out of his bout with Ian Heinisch later today (Sat., Mar. 16, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 5 live on ESPN+ from inside O2 Arena in London, England, due to health issues.

MMA Fighting confirmed the news with Breese’s management team following an initial social media post from Heinisch (shown below).

“I was 100% physically and mentally ready for tonight I worked so hard for this fight,” wrote Heinisch. “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!”

Breese’s manager, Graham Boylan, released a statement regarding his fighter’s withdrawal after Heinisch took to 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.”

With Breese vs. Heinisch off of the “Prelims” undercard, UFC London will now proceed with 12 total bouts and have an official start time of 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 147 fight card, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” undercard bouts at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 4 p.m. ET.

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