The UFC Liverpool undercard was wrapped up by a middleweight bout between the long-absent Tom Breese, and Australian judoka Dan Kelly.
It was a rough night for the 40-year-old Kelly. Midway through the first round, Breese connected with a rocket-fuelled uppercut that put Kelly on the retreat, clutching his face in pain. A few followup strikes later, and it was all over.
See Tom Breese’s finish below.
Coming back at middleweight after two years on the shelf, Tom Breese scuffs the eye of grizzled Daniel Kelly with an uppercut. The pain is too much for the former Olympic judoka, and the Birmingham native ends it in the first. He has finished 10 of his 11 wins. #UFCLiverpool pic.twitter.com/LDHREaVTs3
— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) May 27, 2018
FIRST ROUND STUNNER!
— UFC (@ufc) May 27, 2018
This bout, which was Breese’s first in more than 700 days, served to separate him from a tough, UFC 199 split decision loss to Sean Strickland. He is now a solid 11-1 overall.
Kelly, meanwhile, is now on a tough three-fight skid, having also recently given up a decision to Elias Theodorou, and succumbed to a first-round punch from Derek Brunson. He’s now 13-4 overall, and based on his pre-fight comments, might soon opt to hang up the gloves.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/27/2018.