Jalin Turner

The Tarantula


Statement win over Bobby Green
December 2, 2023
Turner defeated Bobby Green via KO (punches) at 2:49 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Austin, Texas.
This is a notable win for Turner on multiple fronts. He accepted this fight on short notice and was openly worried about making weight. It took two tries on Friday morning, but he got there. Jalin had a massive size and power edge over Green and was eventually able to connect with a shot to the side of his opponent's head which stumbled him. Bobby eventually was flattened out on the mat with Turner firing off countless, unanswered shots. The former was clearly finished, but referee Kerry Hatley refused to stop the fight, so Jalin kept waling away until Hatley changed his tune. Hopefully the dangerous and woeful actions of the ref doesn't take away from a terrific performance from Turner. Jalin snaps a two-fight losing streak (split decisions to Dan Hooker and Mateusz Gamrot) with the victory.
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Makes weight on second attempt
December 1, 2023
Turner needed two attempts to make the lightweight limit of 156 pounds in advance of Saturday's UFC Austin matchup against Bobby Green.
Turner didn't look the greatest on the scales, which can be expected when you take a lightweight fight on just a few weeks' notice. He weighed in at 157 pounds on his first attempt, but returned five minutes later and hit his mark, which, per Nolan King of USA Today, often implies a calibration issue or human error was in play. Turner is currently roughly a (-200) betting favorite in advance of Saturday's co-main event.
Takes fight on short notice
November 23, 2023
Turner is scheduled to fight Bobby Green in a lightweight bout at UFC Austin on Dec. 2, per Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
Turner will fight Green on less than two weeks' notice. The latter was supposed to fight Dan Hooker, but he withdraw from fighting Green because of an arm injury. Having lost via split decision to Hooker in his previous fight, Turner will try to redeem himself against Green.
Drops decision after weight miss
July 8, 2023
Turner lost to Dan Hooker via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 290 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's a crushing night for Turner on multiple fronts. It's his second straight split decision defeat inside the Octagon, and he also had to forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Hooker after missing weight by two pounds on Friday morning. It's certainly fair to wonder whether or not the poor weight cut had an impact on Turner's performance. He was cruising through the first half of this fight before it all fell apart. His gas tank seemed to evaporate in an instant, allowing Hooker to steal all the momentum throughout the final stages of Round 2 and all of Round 3. Turner was essentially on auto pilot the final six-plus minutes, so he did well to see the final bell. That said, Turner needs to figure things out in his next fight. A three-fight losing streak can be a death sentence in any division these days.
Added to UFC 290
April 21, 2023
Turner will fight Dan Hooker at UFC 290 on July 8, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Turner will look to redeem himself after losing to Mateusz Gamrot via a split decision at UFC 285. Turner's bout with Hooker will be heavily anticipated as Hooker's broken hand prevented it from occurring back in March.
Hangs tough in split decision loss
March 4, 2023
Turner lost to Mateusz Gamrot via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC 285 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This was a strange fight, and it's completely understandable the scores were all over the place. It's important to note Turner looked like he belonged despite the setback. He was the most effective fighter throughout the course of the bout and had Gamrot in trouble on the feet on multiple occasions before his takedown defense betrayed him. Turner allowed Gamrot to get him to the mat on four separate occasions, including in Round 3, which resulted in 2:51 worth of control time in that frame alone. Jalin in the biggest lightweight on the roster at 6-foot-3, and at just 27 years of age, is more than capable of bouncing back from this setback. We'll see "The Tarantula" again in short order.