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.