The Evolving Fighter: Myles “Fury” JuryOur interview with UFC lightweight contender Myles “Fury” Jury as he prepares for his highly anticipated bout against #4 ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.
In the past twenty years the evolution of a fighter has changed drastically in mixed martial arts, and in order to stay ahead of the curve, fighters must continuously improve their game through smarter training, meticulous diets and increased mental focus. During the infancy of mixed martial arts a fighter could get by with mastering one discipline, as we saw with Dan Severin’s relentless wrestling, Mirko Cro Cop’s vicious striking and Royce Gracie’s methodical and deadly jiu-jitsu. However, as the maturation of the sport continued, the days of mastering one skill passed and the need to be effective across each discipline became paramount to a fighters success inside the cage.
Myles “Fury” Jury (15-0-0), the #8 lightweight contender who was born and raised in Michigan before relocating to San Diego, embodies the makeup of the “new age” fighter possessing physical talent, strong mental focus and an all-encompassing understanding of what it takes to succeed against elite competition . Jury, who now calls San Diego home and trains at two of San Diego’s premier gyms, is widely-recognized as a complete mixed martial artist who possesses an elite ground game, solid striking and is on a trajectory to the top of the lightweight division. Standing in his way is dangerous striker and fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (25-6-0, 1NC), who is currently seen as one of the UFC’s rising stars and is ranked #4 in the lightweight division.
Anthony Pettis retained his lightweight strap at UFC 181 in spectacular fashion.
Against a very game Gilbert Melendez, Pettis slipped a short right hand over Melendez’s shoulder and wobbled him badly. From there, he pounced on a guillotine that forced “El Nino” to tap for the first time in his extensive MMA career.
It was Pettis’ first title defense, and boy, it was a doozy. Now, of course, he aims to do it again as the lightweight division is finally opening up.
Who might we see challenge Pettis next? Here is what you can expect next:
Remaining undefeated at 15-0 overall, Myles “Fury” Jury will look to keep that streak in tact when he locks horns with Donald Cerrone (25-6) at UFC 182.
After becoming the first man to ever finish Takanori Gomi with strikes in September, Jury aims to be the man who can break “Cowboy’s” stride. Cerrone is unbeaten through his last 5 fights and has collected four post-fight bonus checks in that run.
Meanwhile, Jury is 6-0 in the UFC and owns 11 first round finishes in his career. He realizes his chance to get closer to UFC gold starts with dismantling Cerrone.
“I feel this is a very, very important matchup right now,” Jury told Fight Corner. “We’re both on hot streaks, we’re both killin’ it in our weight class in the UFC. It’s just a great time to have this fight. I always look at my career not as my last fight or my next fight, I look at it all in one place together.
What Motivates YOU?
When I was in high school back in 2005, we’d have morning wrestling practices during the winter season. They were not mandatory and only the dedicated would show up to them at 6:30am, before school started. I remember getting out of bed when it was an average of 0 degrees outside, sometimes a lot lower. Getting in my car, which was usually frozen, had to be wiped off with a broom because there was so much snow the night before. When I showed up to school, it was like a ghost town since only a couple of us showed up. The few of us that showed up to the practices would do different types of cardio and strength training in the morning. Sometimes we would run the halls for 30-45 min, lift weights or a combination of both. On those cold drives to the school in the morning I would think, “what am I doing up so early” or “man I miss my warm and comfortable bed.” The main reason for being up so early to workout is because I was MOTIVATED.
- 1) I was motivated to be the best in the state in wrestling
- 2) To test myself physically, mentally & emotionally
- 3) To live my life based on chosen values.
A rumored matchup between Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury is now a reality, as the two lightweights will square off at UFC 182 in Las Vegas on Jan. 3.
Following a move to put Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano on the UFC 184 card in Los Angeles, there was a vacancy to fill for the UFC 182 co-main event.
The UFC has opted to move the Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone vs. Myles ‘Fury’ Jury fight into the co-main event slot.
The excitement over a Cerrone vs. Jury fight has been building for quite some time with bother fighters being kicked around in the title talk mix, so it was a logical choice to replace Rousey vs. Zingano.
By: Hunter Homistek / Bleacher Report
Earlier this month, UFC lightweight Myles Jury and his management team teased a potential January showdown against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Now, a few weeks later, Jury and his team say the bout is a go.
“Myles Jury vs. Cowboy Cerrone is set for mid-January,” Jury’s manager, Ryan Hass, told Bleacher Report. “UFC is announcing date and location next week.”