Jalin Turner

Jalin Turner (born 18 May 1995) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the lightweight division of the UFC. A professional since 2016, he has also competed for Bellator MMA, the World Series of Fighting, King of the Cage, and Tachi Palace Fights.

Jalin Turner
Born (1995-05-18) May 18, 1995 (age 25)[1]
San Bernardino, California, United States
Other namesThe Tarantula
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)[1]
Reach77 in (196 cm)[2]
TeamAdrenaline Combat Sports[1]
Years active2016-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission1
By knockout3
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Turner started his combat sport career on the sophomore year of high school when he signed up for wrestling class. After a broken finger which prevented him from competing in wrestling, Turner discovered mma by watching UFC fights in television.[3] With little money in his teenage life and could not afford to buy combat training equipment,[4] he would run and shadow boxing and used used his family couch as the punching bag,[5] until he join Team Adrenaline that kicked start his mma career.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

After compiling an amateur record of 5-2, Turner started his professional MMA career since 2016 and fought primarily in his home state of California. He amassed a record of 7-3, with two-fight winning streak including a technical knock out win against Noah Tillis in Bellator 192, before signed by UFC.[1]

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contention SeriesEdit

Turner faced Max Mustaki on June 19, 2018 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series: Season 2, Episode 4.[7] He won the fight technical knockout in round one.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Turner made his UFC debut against Vicente Luque on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[9] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[10]

In his second UFC fight Turner was scheduled to face Alex Gorgees at UFC 234.[11] However, on January 23, 2019, it was reported that Gorgees pull out of the fight,[12] and he was replaced by Callan Potter.[13] He won the fight via knockout in the first round .[14]

At UFC 236 on April 13, 2019, Turner faced Matt Frevola.[15] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[16]

Turner was scheduled to face Jamie Mullarkey on February 23, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 168.[17] However Mullarkey was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury and he was replaced by Joshua Culibao.[18] Turner won the fight via TKO in the second round.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Growing up Turner was arachnophobic. To help combat his fear of spiders he started collecting tarantulas as pets. By the time he made his UFC debut he had 200 pet tarantulas, which earned him his ring nickname "The Tarantula".[20]

Turner has a son.[21]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 9 wins 5 losses
By knockout 8 3
By submission 1 0
By decision 0 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–5 Joshua Culibao TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker February 23, 2020 2 3:01 Auckland, New Zealand
Loss 8–5 Matt Frevola Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 8–4 Callan Potter TKO (punches) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 1 0:53 Melbourne, Australia Return to Lightweight.
Loss 7–4 Vicente Luque KO (punches) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 1 3:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 7–3 Max Mustaki TKO (doctor stoppage) Dana White's Contender Series 12 July 10, 2018 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–3 Noah Tillis TKO (punches) Bellator 192 January 20, 2018 1 1:12 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 5–3 Vytautas Sadauskas Submission (triangle choke) KOTC: Never Quit September 2, 2017 1 1:39 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 4–3 Richard LeRoy TKO (punches) CXF 8 : Cali Kings January 17, 2017 3 4:18 Burbank, California, United States
Win 4–2 Paradise Vaovasa KO (knee to the body) Tachi Palace Fights 31: Diaz vs. Gibson May 18, 2017 1 1:30 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–2 Gabriel Green KO (punches) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 1 0:36 Inglewood, California, United States
Loss 2–2 Andrew Lagdaan Decision (split) SMASH Global 4: Fight Bullying September 15, 2016 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Ronnie Borja TKO (punches) California Fight League 8 July 30, 2016 1 0:11 Victorville, California, United States
Win 2–0 Adrian Ajoleza TKO (body kick) BAMMA Badbeat 20 Saunders vs. Culley June 10, 2016 1 4:55 Commerce, California, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Eric Steans KO (punch) WSOF 28 February 20, 2016 1 0:32 Garden Grove, California, United States



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  2. ^ "Jalin Turner | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  3. ^ Editor, Michael DeSantis, Managing (2018-07-06). "Jalin Turner: From Backyard Training to Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series". MMASucka.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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  6. ^ "Jalin Turner feeling as calm as ever ahead of Contender Series opportunity". MMA Today. 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  7. ^ "Max Mustaki vs. Jalin Turner Slated for Contender Series". MMA Today. 2018-04-24. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  8. ^ "DWTNCS: Jalin Turner predicts his seventh career first-round finish". FanSided. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2018-09-23). "Welterweights Vicente Luque, Jalin Turner added to UFC 229 lineup on Oct. 6". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  10. ^ "UFC 229 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Alex Gorgees vs. Jalin Turner set for UFC 234". MMA Today. 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  12. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2019-01-23). "Alex Gorgees Out of his UFC 234 Bout With Jalin Turner". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  13. ^ "Regional Veteran Callan Potter Will Face Jalin Turner At UFC 234". www.flocombat.com. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  14. ^ "UFC 234 results: Jalin Turner makes quick work of Callan Potter with 53-second KO". MMA Junkie. 2019-02-10. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  15. ^ DNA, MMA. "Gevecht tussen Jalin Turner en Matt Frevola toegevoegd voor UFC 236 in Atlanta". Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  16. ^ "UFC 236 results: Matt Frevola grinds way past Jalin Turner for clean sweep". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  17. ^ DNA, MMA. "Jamie Mullarkey vs. Jalin Turner toegevoegd aan UFC Auckland". Retrieved 2019-12-26.
  18. ^ "Joshua Culibao signs with UFC; set to debut at UFC Auckland – Fight News Australia". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  19. ^ Bitter, Shawn (February 22, 2020). "UFC Auckland Results: Jalin Turner Pounds Out Newcomer Joshua Culibao in Second Round". Cage Side Press. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  20. ^ "Meet Jalin Turner, the tarantula-collecting lightweight ready to break through at UFC 236". ESPN MMA. April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  21. ^ Jalin Turner on Twitter
  22. ^ "Jalin Turner". sherdog.com. Retrieved April 14, 2019.