Tristan 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.
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Facing Alex da Silva
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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.
Biggest moment of pro career
September 14, 2019
Connelly defeated Michel Pereira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
Connelly entered this fight as the largest betting underdog on the card, taking this matchup on less than a week's notice against an opponent that missed weight. The British Colombia native made the home crowd proud, as he evaded the early, unorthodox striking from Pereira and showed a much better gas tank in the back half of the fight. While the first round was close, he poured on the striking in the second, but did enough to win the frame even though he ended it on his back. In the third, he took advantage of Pereira's depleted gas tank, initiating a serious guillotine attempt that landed him in top position. From there, he dealt punishment via ground strikes until the final bell, potentially securing a 10-8 score in that frame. Few gave Connelly much of a chance in this fight, but after the one of the biggest upsets of the year, he'll surely get another chance with the company. It will be interesting to see what he can do with a full fight camp. Meanwhile, his bank account just got much bigger -- he'll earn a $50,000 bonus after this matchup was given Fight of the Night honors and the $50,000 bonus that would have been awarded to his opponent, in addition to the 20 percent of Pereira's purse he'll get due to his opponent missing weight.
Making UFC debut in home province
September 10, 2019
Connelly (13-6-0) was added to card for Saturday's UFC Vancouver event as a short-notice replacement for Sergey Khandozhko, who was forced out of the fight due to visa issues, Aaron Bronsteter of reports. Connelly is scheduled to take on Michel Pereira (23-9-0, 2 NC) in a welterweight fight.
The British Columbia native should have the home crowd in his corner in his UFC debut, but that may be the only advantage Connelly will have in the fight. In addition to Pereira's edge in terms of experience at the UFC level and a lack of preparation time ahead of the matchup, the 33-year-old Connelly will also have to overcome making the jump from the lightweight to welterweight division.