Middleweight action at UFC Vegas 28 was expected to kick off the main card, as Tom Breese was due to make the walk to the octagon for the second time in 2021. That, however, did not happen.
England’s Breese had been looking to bounce back from a loss to Omar Akhmedov. Opposite Breese was Antonio Arroyo, who had lost two straight, with no fewer than five opponents falling through between those two bouts.
However, during Saturday’s UFC Vegas 28 broadcast on ESPN+, the announce team revealed immediately following the preliminary card that Breese had suffered a medical issue, and been pulled from the card.
No information was provided on the nature of Breese’s issue, with the broadcast team including Dominick Cruz and Michael Bisping refusing to speculate.
Breese (12-3), 29, has seen years taken off his career due to injury. With the UFC since 2015, he has managed to compete just eight times. Saturday night against Antonio Arroyo was expected to be UFC bout number nine for the Birmingham native, who has traded wins and losses across his last five fights.
Arroyo (9-4) was also looking to get back in the win column on Saturday, with back-to-back losses suffered against Deron Winn and Andre Muniz.
UFC Vegas 28 is headlined by heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Augusto Sakai. Following the loss of Tom Breese vs. Antonio Arroyo, Ariane Lipski vs. Montana De La Rosa was bumped to the main card.