Octagon Oracles: Two-Time CFFC Champion Pat Sabatini

Pat Sabatini getting interviewed in the cage while a CFFC belt rests over his left shoulder. Pat Sabatini is a two-time CFFC Featherweight Champion. Photo Credit: UFC Fight Pass/CFFC

After years of being know as one of the top prospects in the United States, Pat Sabatini is finally in the UFC. His three losses are to all good fighters and has good wins, including one over UFC fighter Tony Gravely. Sabatini has fought for the likes of Victory FC, Ring of Combat, and CES, but has been a long time staple of the CFFC organization. He’s a two-time CFFC Featherweight Champion. The jiu-jitsu black belt is on a two-fight win streak where in the last three and a half years his only loss is from a nasty arm injury.

Sabatini was supposed to fight Rafael Alves in February but Alves missed weight badly and the fight was canceled. Now, Sabatini will be fighting Canada’s Tristan Connelly. Connelly is 1-0 in the UFC and 14-6 overall. He made his UFC debut in late 2019 beating the red-hot Michel Pereira at welterweight. Although he hasn’t fought in a while he is riding a lot of momentum like Sabatini.

Shawn Bitter

Grade: A
Sabatini was in karate ever since a kid his jiu-jitsu is his bread and butter. Now, on the feet, he has some nice kicks and his hands are looking better. Sabatini doesn’t have the best wrestling as he’s not someone you will see getting single or double legs. How he will get the fight down is to dive low on the legs to create scrambles or utilize trips in the clinch which he does so well. Sabatini is a high-level grappler and that’s gonna give so many guys fits in the UFC. He’s very technical on the mat making all the right moves and floats just right into dominant positions effortlessly. 10 of his 13 wins come by submission, so it’s no surprise he’s a huge submission threat. Sabatini isn’t greedy either. He will attack the neck, snag an arm, and has a really good leg lock game. The only thing that’s gonna hold him back is if he can’t get the fight down. I’m not saying his striking is bad but it’s a work in progress.

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Kristen King

Grade: B+
It is always good to see a champion from another promotion get a shot in the UFC, so the debut of Cage Fury FC featherweight champion Pat Sabatini is one to pay attention to. Sabatini is a very well-rounded fighter in general, but I would be remiss not to highlight his incredibly impressive ground game. Sabatini has finished the majority of his amateur and professional fights by way of submission, so he has made it very clear that he is quite the submission specialist. I think Sabatini will be a fun addition to the featherweight division and can pose a lot of problems for those who may want to test him on the ground. He has a bright, and hopefully long future in the UFC.

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Zac Herbison

Grade: B+
Sabatini is a great example of a well-assembled skillset. There’s not one area where he looks like a serious contender, but his game is far greater than the sum of its parts. His BJJ is solid. His position-first wrestling style is effective. His striking takes advantage of the confidence he has in his grappling, and sets up his takedowns well. He seems to like jumping into the pocket with heavy hooks, only for one of the punches to be a disguised attempt at wrapping up his opponent. He also appears to be in great shape, in terms of both power and cardio. He has the foundations of a very strong, pressuring game, and I’m excited to see how he fits into the UFC

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Vince Rodemer

Grade: B+
Sabatini is from pretty close to where I am and trains with the likes of Sean Brady and Paul Felder. He is a BJJ Black Belt. He has 10 wins by submission. He has been tested in CFFC and CES. I think Sabatini is the kind of guy that may start 1-1 in the UFC and run off a nice win streak. Sabatini has one loss in the last three years, in which he broke his arm. He has an elite skill and one that can win him fights.

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Tom Albano

Grade: A-
We’ve been awaiting the UFC debut of Pat Sabatini, one of the best featherweight prospects in the game, for a while now. Sabatini, the two-time CFFC featherweight champion, will come into this bout off regaining the title by submitting Jesse Stirn at CFFC 91. He probably could have been on a longer win streak, still in his first title reign, or perhaps in the UFC by now had it not been for a freak arm injury suffered against James Gonzalez.

Sabatini has been a pro fighter for seven years now. And in the time we’ve seen him in the cage, Sabatini has turned himself into an extremely well-rounded fighter. Some of his best weapons include his slick submission skillset, the power he contains in his hands and his ability to pressure and control the action on the feet or on the ground. Tristian Connelly may give him some trouble with his grappling and size, but Sabatini definitely has the skillset to win this match and to make it a pretty good distance in the UFC featherweight picture. The only real concern about Sabatini is he’s already 30-years-old. He’s arguably in his prime right now, and that’s not a bad thing at all, but he’s not young like we see other prospects. He still has plenty of time, but to go as far as he can, he does need to hit the ground running in the UFC.

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