In an upset defeat, Kiwi Brad Riddell (10-3) succumbed to a quick submission against fellow rising prospect Jalin Turner (13-5) at UFC 276.
The loss for Riddell marks his second straight defeat in the UFC, the first time he has lost in succession in his career.
Despite suffering defeat in his last fight against Rafael Fizev (11-1), Riddell had a good performance and showed why he was a fighter to look out for.
Now tasked with the UFC’s tallest active lightweight Jalin Turner, Riddell still had no reason to not enter confident. Appropriately named “The Tarantula”, Turner entered the fight riding a four-fight win streak and fresh off a stoppage victory over Australia’s Jamie Mullarkey (14-5).
Knowing these facts, this fight was possibly going to be an important one for the future of the division.
The action started off with Turner pressuring Riddell, who tried to circle to his left. The American then took a slight step into range and landed a hard straight right on the Auckland native, knocking him off balance while he threw a leg kick.
After catching his opponent with a stiff uppercut, Turner locked in the guillotine choke as Riddell level changed. After adjusting his grip, the Californian was able to get full mount where he forced his opponent to submit after just 45 seconds.
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In his post-fight interview with UFC Commentator Joe Rogan, Turner stated that he worked on his forward pressure for this fight.
“Yeah, we worked on going forward, having some forward pressure and the grappling exchanges” Turner said.
“That hook cross was there was itching and I (saw) it.”
“As soon as I got it I thought it was going to be it, switched orthodox and you know the rest I got the sub.”
The win for Turner is his fifth straight and will most definitely put him in the rankings on Wednesday.
For Brad Riddell, the quick loss is a roadblock in his title hopes, but given that he is still just 30 years of age, a win will put him back in the conversation amongst the top contenders in the future.
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