UFC 234's Jalin Turner didn't learn 'much of a lesson' from brutal KO in debut
MELBOURNE, Australia – Jalin Turner isn’t dwelling on the result of his UFC debut as he looks to right the ship in his second octagon appearance.
Turner (7-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who meets Callan Potter (17-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a lightweight bout Saturday at UFC 234, stepped in as a short-notice replacement against Vicente Luque at UFC 229 in October. It proved to be a tough night for “The Tarantula,” who suffered a knockout in the first round.
Despite the fact he was put on the wrong end of a highlight-reel knockout, Turner said he has “no regrets at all” about taking the fight against Luque. He said he didn’t learn much, either, because not only did he accept the bout on short notice, he also moved up from lightweight to welterweight
“I just had to get used to the experience,” Turner told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at UFC 234 media day. “Not much of a lesson, just don’t fight at 170 for the most part. I think I showed I can perform under pressure and big lights. That never phases me.”
UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Turner vs. Potter is part of the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass prior to televised prelims on ESPN and the pay-per-view main card.
After some time off, Turner returns to 155 pounds for his sophomore UFC appearance at UFC 234. He meets a relative unknown fighter in promotional newcomer Potter, who Turner admits to not knowing much about, but feels confident against based off the little knowledge he does have.
“He’s tough, he’s durable, he comes forward, and he’s a black belt,” Turner said. “That’s the most I can take from him. He’s a taller (lightweight) than usual, about 6-foot-1. He fought at 170, but it’s going to be a good fight.”
To hear more from Turner, watch the video above.