Broken-down pro skateboard hopeful Jalin Turner hoping for extra animated 2022 starting with Mullarkey

Broken-down pro skateboard hopeful Jalin Turner hoping for extra animated 2022 starting with Mullarkey

LAS VEGAS – After an up-and-down initiate to his UFC occupation, Jalin Turner has been on a scurry.

The 26-year-frail, who at 6-foot-3 is one in every of the lightweight division’s tallest fighters, has three straight wins – and three straight finishes.

After combating as a betting favorite for four straight bouts, the stakes had been upped moderately this past September when Turner undoubtedly modified into once in a sparkling-money fight against Uros Medic. But he left dinky doubt in that one with a fundamental-spherical rear-naked choke hang on the heels of a submission of Brok Weaver and TKO of Joshua Culibao in 2020.

Turner (11-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) closes out the UFC 272 preliminary card at T-Cell Arena on Saturday against Jamie Mullarkey (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a fight whereby Tipico has him a miniature betting favorite. The lightweights had been speculated to fight in Contemporary Zealand in February 2020, but Mullarkey needed to drag out of the fight with an injury.

“Jamie’s a difficult opponent – he’s factual,” Turner stated at Wednesday’s UFC 272 media day. “(He’s) rather worthy-rounded. He’s rather sturdy, from what I’ve seen. He comes forward lots (and) likes stress. He likes to strike, but he also grapples, so it’s going to be a factual fight.”

For a guy who wished to be a legitimate skateboarder, Turner isn’t doing too homely for himself with the three straight finishes.

He stated he knows Mullarkey can flip fights into brawls, so he’s going to also must regulate if he’s hoping to retain issues extra technical.

“We’ll gaze the diagram in which it goes,” Turner stated. “I undoubtedly feel like I’m going to comprise the upper hand wherever the fight goes. If we get hang of into some loopy exchanges, it’ll be fun. I’m in a position to retain it technical and proper discontinue long your entire time. We’ll gaze. It correct is relying on how I undoubtedly feel fight night.”

Turner stated combating correct once in 2021 wasn’t very most attention-grabbing for him, but he hopes to rectify that this year.

“I are making an strive to discontinue extra animated this year,” Turner stated. “I’ve realized plenty of endurance within the UFC no longer having a fight three or four cases a year like I modified into once on the local circuit. It’s helped me design and develop as a fighter and I showcase it every time.”

UFC 272 takes contrivance Saturday at T-Cell Arena in Las Vegas. The fundamental card airs on pay-per-peek following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.