Las Vegas, NV – The UFC lightweight division is a stacked one with names such as Islam Makhachev, Conor McGregor, and of course the champion Charles Oliveira. Jalin Turner is slowly chipping away to get his name added to the list of contenders at 155 pounds.
Turner (12-5) defeated Jamie Mullarkey via second round TKO at UFC 272 on Saturday night.
“I’m 90% pleased, I’m mad that he took me down. I’m mad that he cracked me a couple times. It wasn’t a flawless victory, but it was a victory nonetheless,” Turned told the media at his post-fight scrum.
Mullarkey proved to be a tough out for as long as the fight lasted and Turner acknowledged his opponent’s ability to take a shot. In the second round Turner landed a right hand that was the beginning of the end for Mullarkey.
“I was surprised how tough he was. I knew he was going to be tough, but I hit him hard. I was like ‘How you still standing bruh’ like bruh, like what are you doing? That surprised me the most His durability was just crazy through the roof. It was expected,” Turner said.
On the right hand he landed that hurt Mullarkey, Turner just smiled.
“I don’t even remember the punch. I think I chipped something on my finger. My finger’s a little bloody probably from that punch.”
For a young fighter like Turner on a 4-fight win streak the potential matchups provide a sense of excitement for fans of “The Tarantula”. The funny thing is that most of his opponents happen to be from down under.
“Man, that’s…I like them because that was the name that was in my head, but you know I’m not a call out guy. But damn they got that one on the mark. I don’t know what it is with me and the Aussies and the Islanders out there, but you know. There’s no beef on my end but we just keep that ball rolling if that’s what it is.”
Only thing missing for Turner at this point in his career is that ever elusive 50K bonus check from Dana White.
“Four finishes, zero bonuses, ain’t that something. That’s crazy, I ain’t talking down or nothing you know, it’s not in my hands,” laughed Turner.
Watch the full UFC 272 post-fight press scrum with Jalin Turner above. More coverage from the event can be found below.