Tristan Connelly has his first battle booked after present process neck surgical procedure months in the past.
For the primary time since his UFC debut in September 2019, Connelly (14-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will return to competitors and battle Pat Sabatini at UFC 261 on April 24. The occasion takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla. The primary card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Two folks with data of the matchup not too long ago knowledgeable MMA Junkie of the reserving, however requested to stay nameless for the reason that promotion has but to make an official announcement.
Connelly made his UFC debut on quick discover up a weight class in opposition to viral sensation Michel Perreira. An unfamiliar identify to most on the time, Connelly entered the battle in opposition to Perreira as a large underdog. Regardless of the percentages, Connelly caught to the basics and handed the high-flying Perreira his first UFC loss by unanimous choice.
Sabatini (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) signed with the promotion earlier this 12 months as a short-notice substitute to battle Rafael Alves at UFC Struggle Evening 185 in February, however his battle was canceled when Alves missed weight by 11.5 kilos.
The CFFC featherweight champion, Sabatini enters his UFC debut on a two-fight successful streak. His lone loss in his most up-to-date six fights got here on account of an arm harm in February 2020.
With the addition, the UFC 261 lineup consists of:
- Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – for welterweight title
- Champ Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade – for ladies’s flyweight title
- Champ Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas – for strawweight title
- Uriah Corridor vs. Chris Weidman
- Jimmy Crute vs. Anthony Smith
- Randy Brown vs. Alex Oliveira
- Brendan Allen vs. Karl Roberson
- Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad
- Qileng Aori vs. Jeffrey Molina
- Johnny Munoz vs. Jamey Simmons
- Kazula Vargas vs. Rong Zhu
- Dwight Grant vs. Stefan Sekulic
- Ariane Carnelossi vs. Na Liang
- Tristan Connelly vs. Pat Sabatini