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Tristan
Connelly
will return for the first time in more than a year and
a half when he meets Pat
Sabatini
at UFC
261
.


MMAjunkie.com
was first to report the featherweight booking.
UFC 261 takes place on April 24 at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
in Jacksonville, Fla., and is headlined by a welterweight
championship rematch between Kamaru
Usman
and Jorge
Masvidal
.

Connelly pulled off a significant upset in his Octagon debut, when
he outpointed Michel
Pereira
in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 158 in
September 2019. He has been sidelined since then after undergoing
neck surgery.

A featherweight title holder in Cage Fury Fighting Championships,
Sabatini enters the matchup with Connelly on a two-fight winning
streak. The 30-year-old Pennsylvanian is 13-3 as a pro, with 11 of
those triumphs coming inside the distance.


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