'Unique' Jalin Turner makes unusual UFC 236 prediction 'just for the naysayers'
ATLANTA – Jalin Turner had no hesitation about making a two-month turnaround from his previous octagon appearance to compete at UFC 236.
In fact, for a youngster like Turner (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who is just 23, the frequent activity might be ideal for his development. He said the transition between camps had the perfect flow, and now he’s ready for his lightweight matchup with Matt Frevola (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) on Saturday.
For some athletes, taking an extended break between camps is necessary for skillset improvement. Turner said he’s not that type, though, and he can mix development with fight preparation.
“It depends on your game and depends on how you shape your camps,” Turner told MMA Junkie. “I don’t really shape my camps around specific opponents. I focus on my skills and my attributes and my assets. If I got some little holes or something I’ll just nitpick on that, but everything else is focusing on me.”
UFC 236 takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The lightweight bout between Turner and Frevola is the featured prelim on ESPN, which follows early prelims on UFC Fight Pass prior to the pay-per-view main card.
After losing his octagon debut in a brutal first-round knockout to Vicente Luque at UFC 229 in October, Turner dropped back down to the lightweight division from welterweight. His showed a better version of himself, scoring a 53-second TKO of Callan Potter at UFC 234 in February.
At 6-foot-3, Tuner is tied with James Vick as the tallest member of the UFC’s 155-pound roster. He said he intends on staying in the division for a long time and “crawling up the ladder” until he reaches title contention.
The best way to do that would be a quick, definitive victory at UFC 236. Turner would happily take that, he said, but he also wants to show that he can go the distance and dominate, so he wouldn’t mind winning on the scorecards, either.
“At the end of the day I can’t deny a first-round finish,” Turner said. “I’m never going to deny that, but maybe like a nice unanimous decision – just for the naysayers. I’m unique.”
To hear more from Turner, check out the full interview above.