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 championship belt 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, April 28, at the Emerald Queen Casino. Connelly, who fights out of Victoria, B.C., 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, two 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.