Undefeated lightweight Uros Medic looked to avoid getting caught in the web of “The Tarantula,” a.k.a. Jalin Turner, at UFC 266 on Saturday.
Turner was returning from an extended hiatus that saw him healing up from injury, and even trying his hand at a little acting. Medic had won his way into the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series, then knocked out Aalon Cruz with a flying knee in his debut.
The two tall, rangy southpaws spent the first minute looking for openings save for a brief exchange. Then, a minute in, Turner caught a kick, and planted Medic on his back. That allowed Turner to work from side control; he stayed heavy on Medic, preventing his opponent from scrambling free. Medic would eventually spin, forcing Turner into his guard. Shrimping back to the fence, Medic was looking to wall-walk up while Turner worked in a bit of ground n’ pound.
It wasn’t long, however, before Medic was back up. But while Medic was free, he was in a worse spot. A right hand clipped him. Another punch, a left moments later, connected, and then came the swam. Turner was seemingly firing at will, lighting up the body. As he covered up, instinctively protecting his midsection, Turner landed more strikes to the head. Soon Medic was on his knees, covering up. Medic survived the onslaught, but Turner took the back and locked in the rear-naked choke! It wasn’t long before Medic tapped, giving Turner the submission victory.
The 💯% finish rate for @JalinTurner remains intact.
— UFC (@ufc) September 25, 2021
That’s the second straight submission victory for Turner, who is best known as a striker. He also boasts a 100% finish rate.
Official Result: Jailin Turner def. Uros Medic by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 4:01