Jalin Turner Scores Fourth Straight Finish, Puts Away Jamie Mullarkey
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Subscribe to ESPN + here, and then you can stream UFC 272 live on your smart TV, PC, phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. Jalin Turner showed why he was given a place on the night’s preliminary sheet at UFC 272.
“The Tarantula” secured its fourth consecutive finish in the Octagon as it defeated Australian Jamie Mullarkey by technical knockout in a lightweight bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. A flurry of unanswered left-handed hands on the canvas from Dana White’s Contender series alum stopped the race 46 seconds after Round 2.
The matchup fulfilled its promise for all the actions in Round 1, when both light weights moved to different points during the exchanges. However, Turner (12-5, 5-2 UFC) was more effective overall, damn Mullarkey’s nose and mouth with a versatile arsenal that included punches, kicks and knees. Turner continued from where he stopped in Round 2, supporting his enemy with a pair of knees in the body before laying Mullarkey (14-5, 2-3 UFC) with a short right hook near the fence. As Mullarkey covered the floor, Turner punched until referee Herb Dean had seen enough and left the match.
Rodriguez Ekes Past Yan, Calls for Title Shot
Marina Rodriguez used a strong third round to lead her to a much-contested victory over Xiaonan Yan in a contender clash. Judges Ron McCarthy and Michael Bell watched the match 29-28 in favor of the Brazilian specialist of muay Thai, while Derek Cleary submitted 29-28 for Jan. Rodriguez (16-1-2, 6-1-2) won her last four in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and asked to win the title in her post-match interview.
Yan (15-3, 6-2 UFC) created momentum early thanks to superior speed and hand movement, as she consistently beat her opponent in the punch while mingling in occasional takedowns. Rodriguez reversed the situation late in the second round when she punished her opponent with her knees and elbows in the clinch before tying in a solid combination before the horn.
This was transferred to the last turn when Rodriguez lowered Jan while a mixture of combinations with fists, knees and elbows landed. While Yan had some success in these exchanges, she was significantly slowed down by her impressive opening round.
Negumereanu Shakes Off Eye Poke, Takes Divisive Verdict Against Nzechukwu
Even with his nose bruised and his eyesight possibly in danger, Nicolae Negumereanu still had enough on the tank to get a divisive verdict against Fortis MMA product Kennedy Nzechukwu in a light heavyweight bout. Two judges saw the match 29-27 for the Romanian fighter, while another had 29-27 in favor of Nzechukwu.
The 6-foot-5 Nzechukwu (9-3, 3-3 UFC) was able to aggressively choose his positions, marking Negumereanu (12-1, 3-1 UFC) with a right jab, straight left and front kicks to the bow, but its production often left something to be desired. Meanwhile, a bloodied Negumereanu did everything he could to force a fight, moving forward and with his right hands in an aggressive effort. A key moment came late in the match when Nzechukwu got a point in Round 3 for a piercing in the eye after being warned of another foul of the same nature in the opening corner. In the end, Nzechukwu did not push the issue hard enough to influence the score sheets in his favor.
Moroz dominates Agapova’s former partner in education
Maryna Moroz made a statement against Mariya Agapova, winning by submitting to a fight of former compatriots of the American Top Team in flyweight. The only Ukrainian woman on the UFC roster forced Agapova to leave the competition with a triangle arm chuck at 3:27 in Round 2. “The Iron Lady” has won its last three promotional appearances.
Moroz’s strength advantage was obvious from the start. He entered the clinch with force, mounted Agapova (10-3, 2-2 UFC) on the canvas and threatened with a bare chuck and an arm in the initial turn. It was more the same in Round 2, as Moroz (11-3, 6-3 UFC) dragged their opponent down and punished Agapova with heavy punches and elbows from dominant positions before finally maneuvering towards the end of the match. .
Nurmagomedov remains undefeated, drowning Kelleher
Umar Nurmagomedov will soon be known for something more than his family ties, if he continues the current course of his success.
The former Professional Fighters League competitor did a brief job with Brian Kelleher, winning by submitting to a featherweight case. Nurmagomedov forced his veteran enemy to strike with a bare choke 3:15 in Round 1, the third consecutive submission triumph for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin. While the fight was claimed at 145 pounds, Nurmagomedov (14-0, 2-0 UFC) says he plans to compete in bantamweight in the future.
Nurmagomedov started the fight attacking with a kick toolbox and then landed effectively on his knees when Kelleher (24-13, 8-6 UFC) tried to tie him up. Shortly afterwards, the 26-year-old Dagestan shot for removal, received his opponent’s left foot on his own and climbed on Kellecher’s back near the fence. From there, he quickly slid his hand under his chin to bring the fight to an end.
Eliot holds Ulanbekov
Former flyweight champion Tim Elliott broke the backlog from former Gorilla Fighting title holder Tagir Ulanbekov to win a unanimous decision triumph in a 125-pound battle. All three judges in the cage scored 29-28 for Elliott (18-12, 7-10 UFC), who has won three of his last four appearances in the Octagon. Ulanbekov (14-2, 2-1 UFC) sees a five-game winning streak end in defeat.
Eliot seemed to confuse Ulanbekov with his unorthodox style from an early age, which allowed him to connect with multiple takedowns and then put his knees to perfect timing when his opponent returned to his feet. The representative of Glory MMA and Fitness put Ulanbekov on the floor with a hand that he left slowly to fasten the opening frame in his favor.
In the second turn, Eliot showed solid defense in the takedown and the ability to shuffle while using a glove – unseen by referee Chris Tognoni – to throw Ulanbekov with a fist at close range. Ulanbekov rallied for a dominant third round when he grabbed Elliott in the back, threatened with a bare chuck and punched him to the horn. In the end, this delayed push was not enough to win the judges’ favor.
Klein Edges Smith on short notice
Ludovit Klein achieved a tough triumph with a split decision against the alum of Dana Contender series, Devonte Smith, in a feather clash. Douglas Crosby saw 29-28 and Sal D’Amato scored 30-27 – both for Klein – while Tony Vicks scored 29-28 in favor of Smith. Klein (18-4, 2-2 UFC) closes with two fights in victory.
Klein, who was a replacement for a short time Erick Gonzalez, wrote two of the most important moments of the match. The Spartakus Fight Gym product shook Smith (11-3, 3-3 UFC) with a straight left hand in Round 1, drawing blood from his opponent’s mouth. He also put the “King Kage” in reversing mode on the last turn, when it was attached to a front kick in the middle at the beginning of the period. While Smith had occasional success throwing powerful kicks to the head and body and straight punches at a distance, Klein’s ability to control long periods of the clinch’s fight missed out on his opponent.
Jacoby Outpoints Oleksiejczuk, Expands undefeated streak to 8
Former Glory Kickboxing athlete Dustin Jacoby has shaken off a slow start to make a unanimous decision to triumph over Polish Michal Oleksiejczuk in a light heavyweight competition. All three referees in the cage scored 29-28 in favor of Jacoby, who is unbeaten in his last eight professional appearances – including six in the UFC.
Oleksiejczuk (16-5, 4-3, 1 NC UFC) set the terms early, pushing Jacoby (17-5-1, 5-2-1 UFC) as he passed a solid straight left hand through the guard of his opponent on many occasions. Jacoby picked up the pace in the second round when he shook Oleksiejczuk during an initial exchange and squashed with fists, elbows and knees in hopes of a finish. While Olejsiejczuk survived the attack, he could not repeat his success from the first round, as Jacoby gradually took control through combined punching and clinch work.
With his toolbox significantly missing, Jacoby revealed after the fight that the leg injuries he suffered during the camp reduced him to a heavy-handed approach to boxing during the fight.