Tristan Connelly reacts to his viral high-five before Darren Elkins fight


A clip of Tristan Connelly giving an MMA official a high five before his fight with Darren Elkins went viral on social media immediately after UFC Vegas 53.

Connelly faced MMA veteran Darren Elkins in the recently concluded Fight Night event at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Before entering the octagon, the Canadian fighter was checked by Keith Peterson, an MMA official and referee, who waved him into the octagon with a wave of his hand. Connelly spontaneously clapped Peterson’s hands and the moment spread like wildfire online.

‘Boondock’ posted the clip to his Instagram account with the following caption:

“Never let a man hang…”

The clip drew some interesting responses, with fans pointing out how polite Tristan Connelly was. He lost to Darren Elkins via unanimous decision on the night, in his second straight loss. He had previously been beaten by Pat Sabatini at UFC 261.

Ahead of back-to-back losses, Connelly notably beat welterweight madman Michel Pereira at UFC Fight Night 158. Now 1-2 in the promotion, the Canadian will be eager to avoid a three-fight skid as he looks to come back to win ways on his next outing.

Darren Elkins joined an elite UFC club after his victory over Tristan Connelly

It was the 27th victory of Elkins’ professional MMA career. During the fight, ‘The Damage’ connected with 75 of 151 major strikes and also managed to pick up five out of ten eliminations to earn a unanimous decision victory.

With the win over Tristan Connelly, Elkins joined Georges St-Pierre and Rafael dos Anjos among other UFC greats. He became the sixth fighter in UFC history to land a thousand major strikes and fifty takedowns, as well as attempt a submission hold ten times.

In doing so, he joined a list that included the likes of Demetrious Johnson, Frankie Edgar, Nik Lentz, St-Pierre and dos Anjos.

Darren Elkin (@DarrenElkinsMMA) is now the sixth fighter in UFC history to land 1,000 major strikes, 50 knockouts and engage in 10 submission attempts in the UFC. He joins Georges St-Pierre, Frankie Edgar, Demetrious Johnson, Rafael Dos Anjos and Nik Lentz. #UFCVegas53

It also came close to pairing Max Holloway’s record of most wins in the UFC featherweight division. “Blessed” has 18 wins at 145 pounds, and Elkins closes in on the Hawaiian with 16.

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