Darren Elkins vs. Tristan Connelly Joins UFC’s April 30 Event

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Tristan Connelly, UFC Vancouver Ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

A fun featherweight match-up has been added to the UFC’s April 30, 2022 Fight Night event.

Joining the April card will be Darren Elkins (26-10), with “The Damage” taking on Canadian Tristan Connelly (14-7). Global News was first to report the match-up, with both fighters subsequently confirming the bout on social media.

“Never been so excited for a matchup!!” Connelly wrote in response to the news.

A native of Victoria fighting out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Connelly will have been out a full year by the time he makes his return this April. “Boondock” won his debut in the promotion at welterweight, going the distance with the popular Michel Pereira. He’d then drop two weight classes, to 145lbs, but came up short against Pat Sabatini at UFC 261 in April 2021.

Elkins saw a two-fight win streak snapped when he was stopped by Cub Swanson in his last outing, at UFC Vegas 45 back in December. Prior to that, he’d racked up wins over Darrick Minner and Eduardo Garagorri.

The UFC’s April 30, 2022 event is expected to take place at the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following bouts have been reported for the card:

  • Gina Mazany vs. Shanna Young
  • Daniel da Silva vs. Francisco Figueiredo
  • Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey
  • Mike Breeden vs. Natan Levy
  • Yohan Lainesse vs. Gabriel Green
  • Jessica Penne vs. Luana Pinheiro
  • Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario
  • Tristan Connelly vs. Darren Elkins