Wellington Turman


To return against Bruno Silva
March 22, 2021
Turman (illness) will take on Bruno Silva in a middleweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for June 19, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Turman's UFC record sits at 1-2 after his loss to Andrew Sanchez via first-round stoppage last August. He was set for an opportunity to get back on the winning track in February against Aliaskhab Khrizriev, but was ultimately forced to withdraw after coming down with pneumonia (as well as dealing with COVID-19 the prior September). He'll now take on a former M-1 champion in Silva, who is fresh off a two-year suspension due to a positive drug test.
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Out with pneumonia
January 9, 2021
Turman withdrew from his scheduled Feb. 6 fight against Aliaskhab Khizriev due to pneumonia, MMAFighting.com reports.
Turman won't be able to get back into fighting shape within a month, as he's expected to remain on medication for two more weeks. It's unclear whether the UFC plans on bumping the fight back or if Khizriev will remain on the card against a new opponent.
Fight booked for Feb. 6
November 14, 2020
Turman will face the debuting Aliaskhab Khizriev in a middleweight matchup on Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Turman had his most recent fight against Sean Strickland cancelled after testing positive for COVID-19. His opponent, Khizriev, will be making his highly anticipated UFC debut after picking up a win and contract on Dana White's Contender Series in September.
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.
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.