Jalin Turner wasn’t even scheduled to fight a week ago. Despite this, he dominated Brok Weaver at UFC Vegas 10, finishing him in the second round.
Brok Weaver found a short-notice opponent for UFC Vegas 10 when Jalin Turner stepped up on fight week. Weaver was supposed to take on Frank Camacho, but Camacho tested positive for COVID-19 and was removed from the card. Turner had the same thing happen to him on fight day last week when Thiago Moises tested positive for COVID-19. Circumstances led to Weaver and Turner fighting each other.
Weaver was 1-1 since joining the UFC through the Contender Series heading into this contest. He was coming off a submission loss against Roosevelt Roberts. Turner was 2-2 in the Octagon with a pair of blistering knockouts.
Weaver opened up fast, jumping on Turner immediately, but was soon met with a hard right hand. Turner followed up with a leg kick before Weaver attempted a takedown, Turner responded with a hard knee and stuffing the attempt. Turner landed another hard right followed by a front kick, Weaver went for another takedown but was stuffed. Turner was doing a good job of making Weaver hesitant to throw, with constant feints and kicks to the legs and the mid-section. Turner landed a leg kick, and Weaver responded with two of his own kicks downstairs. Turner sent Weaver flying down with a hard right hook, and Turner jumped on for ground and pound but couldn’t get the finish. Weaver recovered and ended the round going for a takedown.
Weaver looked good coming out for the second round, landing a hard leg kick as he started to find his range. Weaver shot for a takedown but was stuffed, and Turner responded with a hard right hand that backed Weaver up to the fence before landing some brutal body shots. Weaver shot in once again and was again stuffed. Weaver began walking Turner down halfway through the round, landing some hard jabs that started to back Turner back to the fence. Turner continued his body assault and then dropped Weaver with a devastating left hook that seemed to put Weaver out. Turner walked away thinking the fight was over, but Herb Dean let the fight go on, and Turner responded with a combination that sent Weaver down, and Turner swarmed to get the rear-naked-choke finish.
"LET'S ****ING GO!"
🕷 @JalinTurner shines with only days notice!
— UFC (@ufc) September 12, 2020
Strange finish aside, a great performance by Jalin Turner, even better when considering how short-notice the fight was.
Jalin Turner def. Brok Weaver by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 2 (4:20)