And he’s still just 29 years old heading into Saturday’s meeting with Akhmedov, a fighter with a 5-1-1 record in his last seven, with the only loss a close one to former middleweight champion Chris Weidman last August.

“Omari is a veteran opponent currently ranked 13th in the division,” said Breese. “Short and stocky in stature, he often mixes striking and wrestling in bouts. I’m excited to test my skills against him.”

It’s the epitome of a pick ‘em bout, one where any little intangible can be the difference between victory and defeat. The intangible on Breese’s side? He’s not only competed on Fight Island before, but he’s been there twice during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the first time to corner his teammate Jai Herbert.

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“Fight Island is very familiar, and the facilities and staff make it very easy to prepare for a bout,” said Breese, who sounds ready to go for this weekend’s matchup, which is a good thing, because should he go back to England with his hand raised, he might just take Akhmedov’s top 15 ranking.