Wellington Turman (right) defeated Markus Perez (left) via unanimous decision at UFC Sao Paulo. | Alexandre Schneider/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
SAO PAULO, Brazil — Markus Perez dressed up as “The Joker” and became the biggest star of the UFC Sao Paulo ceremonial weigh-ins on Friday, but Wellington Turman got the last laugh on fight night.
Turman was looking for his first UFC win after dropping a split decision to Karl Roberson in his debut, and he defeated Perez via unanimous decision in an entertaining affair in Perez’s hometown.
“What he did (Friday) was funny,” Turman said after the win. “It was amazing because he gave me many followers and brought more attention to my name. People were talking a lot about him on Friday, but tonight they will talk about me because I went there and showed all that was for nothing [laughs]. Turman has arrived to save Gotham.
“Pick a character that wins next time… Good always beats evil.”
Why so serious?
Markus Perez with a surprise for #UFCSP weigh-ins and Wellington Turman.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 16, 2019
During the fight, Turman says he told Perez to “hit harder.”
“I was talking some trash at him because he did all that show on Friday, so I had to do my part tonight.
“He landed many unexpected strikes on me, but I have a hard chin and I can take it. I spar with (UFC fighter Augusto) Sakai, who’s a heavyweight. That won’t affect me. But I think I had the control of the fight, I was able to land the better strikes, I was able to take him down and dominate. He definitely wasn’t smiling tonight [laughs].”
Turman also revealed what he told Perez during the face-off at the ceremonial weigh-ins.
“He looked at me and said, ‘Why so serious?’” Turman said. “I looked at him and said, ‘I’m Batman and I’m going to beat you [laughs].’ He picked a character that is a loser. It was really funny when he showed up with that (at the weigh-ins), and that gave me a lot of media, but I was already prepared to say (the Joker always loses) in the end.”
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