“For a couple of years now I knew I deserved to be there,” said Connelly. “I was excited and super-happy that I was there, but (I wasn’t star struck). I knew where I should be. I’m confident in where I’m at with my ability, so it felt right.”

While he was prepared to make his UFC debut, Connelly admits the kind of attention he’s gotten since the fight has been overwhelming at times.

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“I haven’t been able to put my phone down,” Connelly said. “I have like 1000 un-responded messages I have to get to. It took me three days to clear my texts. I’ve barely touched Facebook. I’ve barely touched Instagram. And that’s just the people that know me that actually need a response. I’ve looked through the feeds of people who have requests and it goes on forever.

“I’m learning to keep up with all of this. I think I’m doing a pretty good job, but I’m not the most organized person. I can do it all, but I just need to lay it out and organize it so it’s efficient. I’m still teaching my classes. I’m still training. There’s still so much I’ve got to do, and run my business. It’s a lot, but I’m figuring it out. Give me a week and it will be all smooth.”

As for what’s next, Connelly wants to return to action as soon as possible against anyone who would be available for a fight.

“I’ll be looking to fight before the end of the year,” said Connelly. “I don’t want to wait until next year.

“I haven’t really thought too much about it, but the only name that came up was Austin Hubbard. He fought on the same card. He won. He looked great. He’s a nice guy, I talked to him. He’s actually in the hospital right now here; he had something with his leg; so he might not be ready this year.”

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