Tristan Connelly



Injury Neck
Est. Return 2/1/2022
Recovering from neck surgery
September 29, 2021
Connelly announced over the weekend via his personal Instagram account that he withdrew from his featherweight fight with Makwan Amirkhani at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 30 after recently undergoing neck surgery.
Connelly is hoping to make a full recovery from the neck procedure over the fall and winter with the goal of returning to the Octagon early in 2022. The UFC added Lerone Murphy as a replacement for Connelly in the matchup with Amirkhani.
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Withdraws from upcoming fight
September 7, 2021
Connelly withdrew from his upcoming fight against Makwan Amirkhani for undisclosed reasons Tuesday, reports.
The pair had been set to meet in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 30. With the nature of Connelly's absence not yet clear, it's difficult to say when he'll be able to fight again. As the withdrawal took place nearly two months before the date of the fight, there's seemingly still time for Amirkhani to remain on the card against a different opponent.
Fighting at UFC 267
August 20, 2021
Connelly will take on Makwan Amirkhani in a featherweight matchup at UFC 267 on Oct. 30, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Connelly had a five-fight winning streak snapped in April when he lost to Pat Sabatini via unanimous decision at UFC 261, but he'll have a chance to bounce back in October. Amirkhani most recently lost to Kamuela Kirk via unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 28 in June. The two fighters are even in height, but Amirkhani has an edge in reach.
Five-fight winning streak snapped
April 24, 2021
Connelly lost to Pat Sabatini via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) a UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
On the sidelines for more than a year and a half due to neck surgery, Connelly was unable to replicate the success of his most recent bout, a unanimous decision victory over Michel Pereira back in September 2019. Of course, the Pereira fight came at welterweight, while this one took place at featherweight. Overall, Connelly simply struggled to deal with the physicality of Sabatini. His inability to consistently separate left the Canadian searching for offense. You aren't going to win many three-round fights when you spend nearly two of those rounds being controlled on the mat. The loss snaps a five-fight winning streak for Connelly.
Set for UFC 261
April 5, 2021
Connelly will fight Pat Sabatini at UFC 261 on April 24, reports.
Connelly has now fully recovered from his neck surgery, setting him up to return to the Octagon for the first time since making his UFC debut September of 2019. He'll take on Sabatini, a fighter who signed on with the UFC as a short-notice replacement back in February but ended up having his debut match cancelled.
Facing Alex da Silva
January 21, 2020
Connelly will face Alex da Silva on April 11 at an event which does not yet have a location, reports.
Both fighters have won one UFC fight. For Connelly, that came in his only UFC fight to date, an upset decision victory over Michel Perreira in September. Da Silva lost to Alexander Yakovlev in his UFC debut in April but beat Rodrigo Vargas by unanimous decision in August.