04/03/2024

Jalin Turner put on a dominant performance to defeat Jamie Mullarkey via second round KO. Photo: UFC.com

In his highest profile fight to date, Aussie Jamie Mullarkey was unable to make good on the opportunity, losing to rising contender Jalin Turner via second round KO/TKO, with the superior reach of Turner proving the difference.

In his highest profile fight since entering the UFC, Australia’s Jamie Mullarkey (14-5, 2-3 UFC) was unable to make good on the opportunity, losing to rising prospect Jalin Turner (12-5, 5-2 UFC) by second round knockout.

The bout was two years in the making, originally supposed to happen at UFC Auckland back in early 2020, before Mullarkey had to pull out with an injury.

Both men entered the contest on impressive stoppage win streaks, leading to feature placement on the UFC 272 prelims. With both combatants on the verge of contention, a win in impressive fashion would have huge ramifications for whoever got their hand raised.

Ultimately, it was Turner’s night, proving himself as a legitimate threat at Lightweight, and now rides a four-fight stoppage win streak.

From the opening bell, the fight was actioned packed with Mullarkey not afraid to progress forward to get on the inside of Turner’s reach, making for some exciting exchanges.

For Mullarkey, Turner’s height and length offered a unique challenge, since in his previous bouts he has usually been the taller fighter picking off his opponents from distance.

However, the challenge proved too much for Central Coast native. While he was able to get inside and land some damage, Mullarkey was often getting stung on the way in with knees and short hooks and picked apart on the outside with kicks and jabs to the head and body.

This showed in the striking numbers, with Turner landing 52 significant strikes compared to Mullarkey’s 35 for the fight. Mullarkey’s brightest point in the fight came in the final minute of the opening round where he was able to secure a takedown and control Turner on the mat until the bell.

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Turner started the second round immediately attacking Mullarkey from distance, landing knees as the Australian tried to close the distance. It did not take long before Turner was able to land the fight altering strike, a short right hook that sent Mullarkey crumbling to the canvas. At this point, Turner followed up with ground and pound strikes until the action was stopped.

The result was a Performance of the Night worthy contender for Turner, whose hype grows exponentially from this fight. As for Mullarkey, it is now back to the drawing board as he will now need to reset and look to put together another impressive win streak if he is to work his way back up the Lightweight ranks.

With lots of highly talented fighters at Lightweight, the road back will be difficult for Mullarkey. A potential match up, once he is healed and ready to return, could be the winner of the Marc Diakiese (14-5, 5-5 UFC) versus Viacheslav Borshchev (6-1, 1-0 UFC) fight set to take place later this month.

As for Turner, there are many exciting fights for the 26 year old, but it depends how quickly the UFC want to progress him through the 155-pound rankings. As to who could be next, meetings with the likes of Alex Hernandez or veteran Jim Miller are tests that will tell if ‘The Tarantula’ is ready for a ranked opponent.

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