(Tristan Connelly signing UFC contracts ahead of this weekend's Vancouver event)

Victoria native Tristan Connelly recently received a life-changing phone call, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship reached out to ask him to fight in this weekend’s event, with only four days notice.

Now fighting out of Vancouver, the Checkmat product made his professional mixed martial arts debut nine years ago – and it’s this Saturday Connelly will step inside the cage in front of his hometown crowd at Rogers Arena.

The local Welterweight has fought primarily in Western Canada, and sports a 13-6 professional record – he has most recently won four straight, and eight of nine contests.

Connelly is slotted to face Michel Pereira in a Welterweight bout Saturday at UFC Vancouver – stepping in on such short notice due to Pereira’s originally scheduled opponent Sergey Khandozhko being forced to bow out due to Visa issues.

UFC Vancouver’s Fight Night will take place this Saturday, September 14th at Rogers Arena, and features a lightweight headliner between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Justin Gaethje – the event will air live on ESPN.


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