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Mike Breeden stops Anshul Jubli in the third round at UFC 294

LockerRoom Team
21 October 2023

Mike Breeden secured a huge win at UFC 294 as he stopped Indian MMA fighter Anshul Jubli in the third round in their UFC 294 Early Prelim fight. 

The first round of the fight proved to be feeling out process for both fighters. Both Anshul and Breeden landed significant strikes with the Indian getting the better of his counterparts when it came to the numbers.

Mike Breeden had a cut open on top of his eyebrow in the second round. While Anshul seemed to be in control, Breeden was staging a comeback in the second round and had a good amount of activity to match up with the Indian.

Mike Breeden stepped up gears in the third round and dominated Anshul as the round progressed before stopping the Indian in the third round.

Ahead of the fight, Mike Breeden had showed up overweight for the weight coming in at 159.5 which was 3.5 pounds above the Lightweight limit when Anshul weighed in at 155.5 Pounds. Despite the weigh-in issue, Anshul went ahead and took the fight with him getting 30% cut of Breeden’s purse.

Background of the fight

The world of mixed martial arts was abuzz with anticipation as Indian MMA fighter Anshul Jubli was all set to make his much-awaited UFC debut at UFC 294. Jubli stepped into the Octagon to face the veteran fighter Mike Breeden in what promised to be an exhilarating clash of talents.

Breeden, a 34-year-old veteran, had been striving to secure his first UFC victory, facing some tough challenges in his first three appearances. His previous fights in the UFC had seen first-round stoppage losses against the likes of Alexander Hernandez and Terrance McKinney, with a unanimous decision defeat to Natan Levy sandwiched in between.

On the other side, Anshul Jubli, a 28-year-old MMA sensation, remained unbeaten in seven professional fights. His ticket to the UFC was punched by winning the Road to UFC lightweight competition, where he sealed his path with a second-round finish of Jeka Saragih in February.

While Breeden brought an undeniable experience advantage and familiarity with the UFC octagon, Jubli's impressive performance against Saragih highlighted his potential as a rising star in the world of MMA. His official debut in Abu Dhabi at UFC 294 was keenly awaited, and fight fans were eager to see what he could bring to the table.

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