UFC’s upcoming April 24th pay-per-view event has gained another bout, as a fight between returning Tristan Connelly and UFC newcomer Pat Sabatini has been booked for the card, per a report from Nolan King and John Morgan of MMA Junkie.
The featherweight booking joins UFC 261, which is expected to happen at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Connelly will be returning over a year after making his UFC debut. The 35-year-old Canadian got his UFC call-up on short notice in 2019, stepping in to fight Michel Pereira. Connelly prevailed in the bout, fighting to a unanimous decision to hand Pereira his first UFC loss.
Now back on the schedule, Connelly will wager a five-fight win streak in his upcoming bout.
Connelly will face Sabatini, who will be making his UFC debut following a long run in regional promotion CFFC. The two-time CFFC Featherweight Champion closed out his run in the promotion win two wins last year, including a submission victory against Jesse Stirn which earned him his belt back.
Sabatini was initially scheduled to make his UFC debut in February against Rafael Alves, although that fight was cancelled the day before due to Alves missing weight by over 10 pounds.
UFC 261 now has 14 bouts in total when adding the new matchup to the card. UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman is currently scheduled to headline the show, fighting Jorge Masvidal in a rematch.
Here is the full lineup.
Bout 14: Kamaru Usman (18-1) vs. Jorge Masvidal (35-14) (UFC Welterweight Championship)
Bout 13: Valentina Shevchenko (20-3) vs. Jessica Andrade (21-8) (UFC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 12: Zhang Weili (21-1) vs. Rose Namajunas (9-4) (UFC Strawweight Championship)
Bout 11: Chris Weidman (15-5) vs. Uriah Hall (16-9) (Middleweight)
Bout 10: Anthony Smith (34-16) vs. Jimmy Crute (12-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 9: Danaa Batgerel (8-2) vs. Kevin Natividad (9-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 8: Brendan Allen (15-4) vs. Karl Roberson (9-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 7: Rongzhu (17-3) vs. Rodrigo Vargas (11-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Johnny Munoz Jr. (10-1) vs. Jamey Simmons (7-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Jeff Molina (8-2) vs. Aoriqileng (18-6) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Ariane Carnelossi (12-2) vs. Na Liang (15-4) (Strawweight)
Bout 3: Dwight Grant (10-3) vs. Stefan Sekulic (12-3) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Randy Brown (12-4) vs. Alex Oliveira (22-9-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Tristan Connelly (14-6) vs. Pat Sabatini (13-3) (Featherweight)