Tristan Connelly fights against Michel PereiraLearn more

“I’m a fighter, if doing backflips was what was important in fighting, I’d be great at backflips. But I couldn’t do one to save my life. I practice punching people, choking people, and kicking people, because that’s what seems to work in most of the fights I watch.”

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Tristan Connelly fights against Michel PereiraLearn more

“My first fight wasn’t until I was 25, and I think I was 29 years old and 5-5 was my record. There was no reason to keep fighting other than the fact that I just love fighting, so I kept doing it and I kept getting better. Now I’m here.”

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Tristan Connelly takes the win against Michel PereiraVisit Checkmat Vancouver

As main coach at Checkmat Vancouver, Tristan's philosophy is to "always fight the toughest guys".

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Tristan Connelly

aka Boondock

Tristan “Boondock” Connelly is a Professional Mixed Martial Artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the head coach at Checkmat Vancouver.

Tristan started his MMA journey in jiu-jitsu then soon discovered he had an interest in striking. His first professional MMA fight was in 2010 and he continues to climb the ranks of the world’s lightweight division. Tristan puts an unrelenting pace on his opponents which leads to exciting fights.

Tristan shocked the world on his UFC debut on September 14, 2019 when he stepped up a weight-class on 5 days notice to fight the highly talented Michel Pereira who did not make weight. Tristan won the fight by unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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