Connelly pulls off upset, claims interim title at CageSport 50

Connelly pulls off upset, claims interim title at CageSport 50


TACOMA, Wash. – Tristan Connelly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in CageSport's 10-year history, handing Joey Pierotti his first career defeat and capturing the interim CageSport lightweight in the process.

Connelly put away Pierotti 66 seconds into the fourth round by arm bar to triumph in the main event of CageSport 50 on Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

Connelly, who fights out of Victoria, British Columbia, improved his record to 10-6 with the title victory, while Pierotti dropped to 8-1.

Chris Stone defeated Patrick Benson in a highly-anticipated semi-main event, ending the battle of 156 pounders 2 minutes, 47 seconds into the first round by triangle choke. Stone improved to 5-1 with the victory.

Undefeated Terrace McKinney (4-0) beat a very-game Brandon Todd (5-2) in a 156-pound bout on the undercard, scoring a third-round victory (:43 seconds) by heel hook.

Talon Hammons upped his record to 2-0 by defeating fellow 146 pounder Steven Southern (2-1) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Philip Rowe (4-2) kicked off the card by making quick work of Cole Milani in the opening bout, winning the 176-pound contest by first round TKO (41 seconds).

Also on the undercard, Jessee Gengler defeated Dominique Smith by first-round Guillotine choke (3:52) in a 171-pound bout, Tyrone Henderson knocked out Chris Vasil :33 seconds into the first round of their 146-pound contest and Ardany Mora put away J.D. Burns with an ankle lock in the second round (:48 seconds) in a 156-pound match up.

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CageSport 50 Results

Main Event – 5 Rounds

Interim CageSport Lightweight Championship

Tristan Connelly (10-6) d. Joey Pierotti (8-1), arm bar, 4th round (1:06)

Semi Main Event – 3 Rounds

156-pounds: Chris Stone (5-1) d. Patrick Benson (4-4), triangle choke, 1st round (2:47)

Undercard – 3 Round Bouts

156-pounds: Ardany Mora (2-5) d. JD Burns (1-2), ankle lock, 2nd round (:48 seconds)

146-pounds: Tyrone Henderson (6-4-1) d. Chris Vasil (2-1), KO, 1st round (:33 seconds)

156-pounds: Terrance McKinney (4-0) d. Brandon Todd (5-2), heel hook (3rd round, :43 seconds)

146-pounds: Talon Hammons (2-0) d. Steven Southern (2-1), unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

171-pounds: Jessee Gengler (5-3) d. Dominique Smith (1-3), Guillotine choke, 1st round (3:52)

176-pounds: Phil Rowe (4-2) d. Cole Milani (0-4), TKO, 1st round (:41 seconds)


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