Wellington Turman


Injury Illness
Est. Return 11/6/2020
Unable to fight Strickland
September 29, 2020
Turman will not fight Sean Strickland at the UFC event Oct. 31, MMAFighting.com reports.
Turman suffered from severe symptoms of COVID-19, which cause him to lose 11 pounds over a two week span. It also eliminated nearly all of camp to get ready for his late October fight. The UFC will have a month to try to find Strickland a replacement fighter to keep him on the card. Turman will likely take some time before returning to the Octagon where he will try to avenge a loss to Andrew Sanchez via KO in early August.
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Squaring off with Strickland
August 21, 2020
Turman is set to face Sean Strickland in a middleweight matchup at the UFC's Oct. 31 event, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
Turman is aiming to bounce back from his second UFC loss in three bouts when he fell against Andrew Sanchez via TKO (punches) in the first round of his Aug. 8 fight. He didn't wait long getting back on the UFC ledger, and is next set to face a veteran fighter in Strickland, who has hit a bumpy road recently with two losses in his last four bouts. Turman gives up four inches of reach and an inch in height to his opponent, so he could elect to employ a more wrestling-based attack to close the distance.
Finished in Round 1
August 9, 2020
Turman lost to Andrew Sanchez via KO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Turman was able to get off 21 significant strikes in what was a back-and-forth first round that saw each fighter get their chin tested. It was a few big right hands from Sanchez in the final minute that had Turman wobbled before he was ultimately put to sleep, with Sanchez adding a few hammer fists on the ground for good measure. Turman had his moments and is certainly an exciting fighter, but he's now 1-2 with the UFC after failing to cash in as a (-130) betting favorite.
Will fight in August
June 18, 2020
Turman is slated to take on Andrew Sanchez at the UFC event on August 8, MMAFighting.com reports.
The fight will take place in the United States at a yet to be announced location. Turman bounced back from a lost in his UFC debut with his winning decision over Markus Perez last November.
Rebounds for first UFC win
November 16, 2019
Turman defeated Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Turman had zero issues with Perez despite the fact he had less than five weeks to prepare for this fight. Buoyed by a pair of successful takedown attempts (on nine tries), Turman limited Perez's ability to generate any consistent offense. It was a strong rebound performance for Turman after dropping a controversial split decision to Karl Roberson in his UFC debut in July. Turman is worth keeping an eye on given his youth (23 years old) and respectable all-around game.
Added to UFC Sao Paulo card
October 11, 2019
Turman is set to fight Markus Perez at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Turman steps in to replace Jack Marshman, who was initially slated to take on Perez. Turman fell in his last matchup bout against Karl Roberson at UFC Fight Night 155 in July, but he's 4-1 in his last five professional fights dating back to August of 2017.