UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai- Tom Breese vs Antonio Arroyo: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/02/2021, 12:55 AM EDT


UFC middleweights Tom Breese and Antonio Arroyo open out the main card for UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs Sakai. Both men are coming off losses in their last fight and will be expected to push the pace in the fight. Moreover, their stand and fighting style is sure to open out the fight card with a bang.

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The middleweight strap will soon be contested as Israel Adesanya is set to defend his belt at UFC 263. Adesanya comes in as one of the most active champions in the division as he fought not too long ago at UFC 259. His presence at the top of the division means contenders are constantly being cycled out, creating opportunities for newcomers.

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UFC Fight Night: Tom Breese vs Antonio Arroyo

Breese is 1-2 in his last three outings and was defeated by Omari Akhmedov in his last outing in January. Breese’s defeat at the hands of Akhmedov was a setback, as that fight was his opportunity to enter into contention. While Arroyo is a slight step back in the middleweight hierarchy, he’s a game challenger who always brings a scrap.

Tom Breese looks to take the fight to the ground off a fundamentally strong jab and is usually successful in his attempts. The Englishman uses his length and reach effectively and is a menace once he secures the top position. Throughout his career, he has heavily favored the RNC submission as he can create distance with his long limbs.

Antonio Arroyo is on a two-fight skid via unanimous decision with his last loss coming to AKA standout Deron Winn. The 31-year-old Brazilian is yet to etch a win in the UFC after capturing Dana White’s attention in the contender’s series. A loss to Tom Breese would put him 0-3 in the UFC and could spell disaster for his run in the promotion going forward.

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Antonio Arroyo is comfortable on the canvas in his own fight and has secured 44% of his wins via submission. However, he has a varied arsenal of kicks and side attacks that he has effectively used to his advantage. Tom Breese is quite durable through the course of three-round; however, Arroyo will favor his ability to secure the finish.

Prediction: Antonio Arroyo to claim a first-round TKO win.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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