Jalin Turner has lately gone viral ahead of his highly anticipated fight against Dan Hooker at UFC 290 this weekend after he was captured on tape delivering a serious lesson to a social media prankster.
The video, uploaded on Instagram, revealed the prankster moving up beside Turner on an escalator. The prankster attempts to excitedly intimidate the MMA fighter and is caught by Turner and his team by the throat.
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Fans who saw the video praised Jalin Turner’s actions and agreed that pranksters should learn not to breach personal boundaries. They expressed their opinions in the comments section of the same post on Instagram.
One user stated how fortunate the prankster was not being beaten up by an MMA fighter and wrote: “He’s lucky Jalin took him by the neck instead of hitting him straight away.” Another individual expressed sympathy for Turner, writing: “My guys from San Bernardino, in the middle of a weight cut, and it’s hot out there. Worst possible timing for a prank lol.”
Jalin Turner was set to face Dan Hooker in UFC 285. Unfortunately, the Kiwi withdrew from the battle due to a hand injury. Turner now gets the opportunity to battle the veteran again and establish himself in the division. Surprisingly, Turner’s actions in the video have received more attention than his match’s stakes during fight week.
Jalin Turner describes what went down on the escalator in a viral prank clip
According to BroBible, Jalin Turner stands at 6’3 with a 13-6 career record. ‘The Tarantula’ has also scored an incredible nine knockout victories, demonstrating how fortunate the prankster stated above was to escape with no major injuries.
Turner talks to the media during the UFC 290 conference day ahead of his upcoming bout against Dan Hooker. When MMA writer James Lynch questioned the 28-year-old about what caused the viral brawl with the online prankster, he responded:
“It went exactly how it was supposed to go. He said something and I grabbed him. He was lucky it was fight week, or I probably would have thrown some hands. But it’s okay.” Watch the video below:
“He said something and I grabbed him. Luck it was fight week or I probably would have threw some hands. But, you know, it’s okay.” Turner added.
Jalin Turner will be coming off a split-decision defeat to Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 285. Prior to that, the California native had a five-fight win run. Meanwhile, his next opponent, Dan Hooker, just ended a two-fight losing streak with a decisive second-round TKO victory over Claudio Puelles in November 2022.