Three weeks after his UFC debut, Tristan “Boondock” Connelly (14-6-0) is staying in shape. The Canadian is hungry for another fight as soon as possible.
Tristan Connelly’s UFC debut was the most talked-about fight at UFC Vancouver on September 14. His opponent, 25-year-old Michel Pereira, put on a performance full of outrageous stunts including flips, cartwheels, and flying knees. Characterized as the underdog, Connelly came out the winner of the fight via unanimous decision.
The cherry on top of the win is that he pocketed the entire $100,000 for Fight of the Night since Pereira missed weight.
Connelly stepped up for the bout on short notice after Pereira’s originally scheduled opponent, Sergey Khandozhko, was forced to withdraw due to visa problems. Normally a lightweight division fighter, the Canadian moved up to welterweight to take the fight. Connelly said that although taking a fight on short notice is never ideal, he is always prepared to fight. He said he is always training and has great cardio. “I can do three rounds in my sleep,” Connelly told The Scrap.
Speaking about his opponent, the 33-year-old admitted, “I knew he was flashy and was expecting crazy stuff.” The game plan was to wait for Pereira to wear himself out and then put pressure on him. Connelly said that Pereira slowed down enough that he was able to keep a pace on him that he couldn’t recover from.
“I have some strengths of my own that helped me follow the game plan,” the Checkmat Vancouver fighter said. “I’m not the most explosive guy, I’m not the fastest, but I don’t stop. I’m durable. I am well-rounded everywhere.” He described himself as “a jack of all trades.”
The fight wouldn’t have been nearly as exciting without Pereira’s flashy moves. Tristan credits Pereira for the attention the fight has received.
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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.