LAS VEGAS – After a rough initiate to his UFC profession with aid-to-aid losses, Jamie Mullarkey looks to be to be getting delighted.
Mullarkey, from Australia, came to the UFC in 2019, but dropped a choice to Brad Riddell at UFC 243. A year later, he misplaced a choice to Fares Ziam. But in 2021, he rebounded with a 46-2nd knockout of Khama Critical and adopted it up this previous October with a knockout of Devonte Smith.
“It feels take care of I’m dwelling now,” Mullarkey mentioned at Wednesday’s media day for UFC 272 in Las Vegas. “It used to be somewhat of a shaky initiate, but we’ve got the feet beneath us and we’re willing to seize the momentum going. … I’ve for scuttle felt the growth since I’ve fought (right here), and upright been more delighted in there – getting those first couple UFC jitters and fights out of the advance. Positively it feels take care of I’m more delighted and I’m right here to handle.”
Mullarkey (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) closes out the preliminary card at T-Cell Arena on Saturday in opposition to Jalin Turner (11-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC). The lightweights had been alleged to fight in New Zealand in February 2020, but Mullarkey needed to tug out of the fight with an difficulty.
Mullarkey mentioned he continuously had a sense the fight would rep rebooked at final.
“I for scuttle thought we had been going to rep matched up (again),” he mentioned. “We had been matched up for UFC Auckland. That didn’t shuffle ahead, and it’s advance fats circle two years later. Jalin – he’s tricky. He brings varied complications to the desk. I’ve by no methodology fought anyone pretty as huge as him and as long, so as that’s going to be a scuttle hiss that I’m having a stare ahead to.”
Mullarkey isn’t itsy-bitsy for the gentle-weight division by any stretch – he assessments in at 6-foot even. But Turner is 6-foot-3, so Mullarkey will be in a living he’s no longer in overall in, and that’s dealing with anyone who has some top on him.
To put collectively for that, he spent various his coaching camp working with UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who at 5-foot-6 deals with top complications in most of his fights.
“The greatest thing I took from this camp used to be working with Alex Volkanovski,” Mullarkey mentioned. “He has to rep there – potentially anybody he’s fought is taller than him. So he taught me so unparalleled this camp. I’m having a stare ahead to making an strive out some original stuff.
“I’m having a stare to rep my feet beneath me first. Jalin’s a unhealthy opponent. It is seemingly you’ll maybe maybe well additionally’t mosey with a man take care of him. We’ll score our feet, and then I’m scuttle the war’s going to advance aid. I mediate it’s going to advance aid all of the vogue down to who wants it more, to be dependable.”
UFC 272 takes hiss Saturday at T-Cell Arena in Las Vegas. The predominant card airs on pay-per-peek following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.