Jalin Turner (7-4) will meet Callan Potter (17-7) in Melbourne, Australia this weekend when the two lock horns at UFC 234.
In this episode of “INSIGHT”, producer Rick Lee dives into the world of the UFC lightweight fighter, Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner. He talks about how he inspires others, his passion for Tarantulas and how he is developing his Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
I haven’t met a person that was into tarantulas that I didn’t befriend, which is pretty cool. I mean like, weirdos got to stick together I guess right?” Turner asked.
“Tarantula” Turner’s jiu jitsu coach Tom Cronin talks about his student’s progress.
“Jalin’s development in jiu jitsu has sky rocketed since he started coming here. He’s fast, he’s athletic, but he’s very technical,” Cronin said. “He’s always trying to figure out the best way to progress his jiu jitsu.”
Turner, himself, will tell you that jiu jitsu was not his first love. In fact, he despised it.
“That was one of the arts I did not like learning,” Turner said.
The craft of jiu jitsu was hard for him to get a grasp of early on, but with time, things began to change.
“Now it’s all good,” Turner said.
The 23-year old fighter looks to redeem himself after sustaining a first round loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 229 in October 2018. The fight marked his official debut in the UFC. He had picked up a win earlier in the year on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
The UFC 234 pay-per-view event takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and is headlined by a middleweight title bout between defending champion Robert Whittaker and challenger, Kelvin Gastelum.