Pat Sabatini is FanSided MMA’s rookie of the year

Pat Sabatini won 3-0 in 2021, his first year in the UFC.

Every year, a new crop of talent emerges UFC looking to make an impact and show why they belong to the top MMA team in the world. And some of them make noise, some even more than others.

Eg, Paddy Pimblett had an epic, memorable promotional debut in early September. And after impressing Dana White during the Contenders Series 2020 season, Ronnie Lawrence has proven he’s one to watch with ended Vince Cachero’s third round in February.

But then there’s Pat Sabatini. Sabatini has enjoyed a successful championship career in the regionals before entering the UFC Octagon in 2021. He has competed three times, won three times and impressed three times, being selected by the FanSided MMA for the tournament. Rookie of the year.

Former CFFC Champion Pat Sabatini made the most of his first year with the UFC

Growing up, Sabatini practiced many different styles of martial arts, including karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Sambo. Sabatini is an Pan American champion in jiu-jitsu and a silver medalist at the Combat Sambo World Cup. He is also a wrestler, going on to compete in Rider University in the sport.

Sabatini made his professional MMA debut in 2014 and has been competing around the region for about seven years, mostly competing for Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC). He won the CFFC featherweight title at CFFC 67 in September 2017 and defended it three times before losing it via TKO in a horrific injury in February 2020. However, he will regain the title. this mark at the end of the year.

Sabatini has finally received an invitation to join the UFC, but his debut will be delayed by several months. He was set to fight Rafael Alves in February, but the bout was canceled after Alves slipped with a UFC record 11.5 pounds.

When Sabatini entered the Octagon at UFC 261 — a big stage for his debut — he worked quickly to get noticed, beating Tristan Connelly in the first round before winning by a clear unanimous decision.

He will follow that up in August with a win over Jamall Emmers, filing him in less than two minutes and earning a performance bonus. Then in November, Sabatini scanned the referees’ cards again, defeating Tucker Lutz.

With three UFC wins to kick-start his run, combined with a range of different fighting disciplines and a highly successful career in the region, Sabatini must be one to keep an eye out for next year. 2022.

He will begin his year with a fight against Gavin Tucker (who he was originally supposed to face in the aforementioned November fight) scheduled for April at UFC 273.

The annual FanSided MMA award is voted by the FanSided MMA team every year. Stay tuned for more prizes announced for the day. Pat Sabatini is FanSided MMA’s rookie of the year

James Brien

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