There are numerous things that could be said about a fighter debuting in the UFC with limited notice. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a phoenix of winter looking to ignite the flame with a cocktail of northern exposure at UFC 261 on April 24. A professional mixed martial artist since March 2010 and representing Checkmat Vancouver, Tristan Connelly owns a 14-6 record through 20 professional bouts comprised of nine submissions, four knockouts, and one decision. Connelly competed for numerous promotions in his home nation of Canada including Battlefield Fight League prior to debuting with the UFC at UFC On ESPN Plus 16 in September 2019. He has earned a finish in 13 out of his 14 victories over the course of his journey as a pro-MMA fighter thus far.
In his MMA debut at AFC 2 Aftershock, he submitted Jimmy Phan via rear-naked choke in the first round. Connelly also tapped out his next three opponents that included wins over Johnathan Dubois and Upneet Rai. Then at BFL 37, he defeated Shawn Albrecht via TKO in the first round. Connelly defeated Ash Mashreghi via TKO in round one at BFL 45. He submitted Adam Assenza in the second round via a rear-naked choke at Z Promotions Fight Night 3 Medicine Hat. At Unified MMA 30, Connelly tapped out Garret Nybakken via a rear-naked choke in the third round. He submitted Lenny Wheeler via a rear-naked choke in round three. Connelly tapped out Joey Pierotti via armbar in the fourth round at CageSport MMA 50. He defeated Tyrone Henderson via TKO at CageSport MMA 54. Connelly submitted Zach Juusola in the first round at FFC 36 to earn his ninth submission victory as a professional. He defeated D’juan Owens via TKO in round five at Rise FC 4.
in his debut outing with the UFC at UFC On ESPN Plus 16, he defeated Michel Pereira via unanimous decision. The victory earned Connelly the first decision victory of his professional career along with his first win in the UFC, At UFC 261 on April 24, he will face Pat Sabatini in an affair at featherweight. Good luck Tristan!