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In what has become a recent trend, top Knights on campus today had a great opportunity to listen to another top athlete in his profession when Myles “The Fury” Jury came on campus. Jury is currently an ultimate fighter in the UFC and to date has a professional record of 12-0 with his most recent win coming in April of this year. Early in his career he entertained fights in California when was selected to be a part of The Ultimate Fighter television series that eventually launched his career into the UFC.
Jury spoke about how he made choices early in his life to stay focused on his career and not to be distracted by negative things, eventually leaving his negative environment in Detroit, moving to San Diego, CA. Considering he is active in a very challenging, and potential dangerous profession, he commented that he needs to continue to be focused on his training and career every day. That focus is a choice, and not something that always comes easy. After speaking, Jury took some pictures with all the Knights and signed some cards for them to take. Thanks to the Polk County Juvenile Court Services for helping arrange for Jury to speak at WA.
Fresh off a devastating knockout of “The Ultimate Fighter 13″ finalist Ramsey Nijem at this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 7 event, Myles Jury (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is setting his sets high for his next fight.
He also learned that Tony Ferguson, whom he briefly encountered during his appearance on “TUF 13,” wanted to fight him.
TUF 15’s Myles Jury, forced to leave TUF 13 due to injury, remained undefeated with a dramatic knockout of eventual TUF 13 finalist Ramsey Nijem. Despite a first round spent scrambling on the ground, the bout ended early in the second via knockout – making it the fifth fight out of the first six UFC on FOX prelims to end via knockout or TKO.
Nijem moved forward in the first, with Jury using the momentum for a takedown. Jury took side control and back control in the scramble, trying for an armbar and crucifix. Nijem pushed his way back to his feet, but Jury got another takedown on the fence and took Jury’s back. Without any hooks in, Nijem stood, but was immediately threatened with a triangle. Eventually Nijem pulled his arms out and stood, getting back control of his own against the cage. But Jury reversed and this time threatened with an inverted triangle before the round ended.
It was a more spacious affair in the short second round, with both men coming in with long punches and then racing back out of range, plus a brief break due to an accidental eye poke to Nijem. Nijem continued playing aggressor and soon paid the price. Nijem moved forward swinging, and an overhand right counter from Jury knocked him out cold, sending him to the mat with his arms overhead. Jury dove in for one soaring punch, the official time of the finish 1:02 in 2nd round.
The 24-year-old Jury, who trains with Alliance alongside Dominick Cruz and Ross Pearson in San Diego, sees his record improve to 12-0; Nijem’s three-fight win streak ends.
Myles Jury, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, seasons 13 and 15, spoke with BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio Sunday night in the week leading up to his April 20 fight with Ramsey Nijem. Jury (11-0) is coming off his first fight to go the full-time in a unanimous decision win over Michael Johnson.
A large part of Jury’s success comes from the Detroit native’s move to San Diego, California to train with the Alliance MMA team.
“Camp’s been great, dude. Camp is camp… Knock on wood, I’m not injured and everything. There’s nothing fun about camp, man, it’s been a tough camp. I’ve worked my butt off, I’ve sacrificed a lot. I’m ready, man, I’m ready to rock… Every day is a scrap in that place. We’ve got some of the best fighters coming up… the professional coaching staff, and you can just tell, if anyone wants to come by Alliance and watch a sparring session or training session, you’ll just see the difference between our gym and a lot of gyms. It’s a fight gym. A lot of gyms now are in the business of marketing and making money off of cardio-kickboxing classes and all that, but at the root of Alliance, it’s a fight gym. We keep it grimy there. It’s good times. I forget who I was talking to, but I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I look back on my career, I don’t know if I’m going to be looking back at my fights remembering those or the scraps I’ve had in this gym with you guys on a consistent basis.’”
“Every fight is a stepping stone and I just focus on the fight I have in front of me.” – Myles Jury
For up and coming competitors in the realm of combat sports, the search for the ever-elusive big break opportunity is an ongoing journey. Where talent allows the dream to exist and skill sets garner attention, the intangible element of timing is ultimately the key ingredient in the equation.
The right fight at the right time. The perfect performance when influential eyes just happened to be watching. Or seizing an opportunity which appeared from out of the ether but was capitalized upon as if it was a moment tailor-made to launch a career.
These moments are undoubtedly few and far between and rightfully so. But in mixed martial arts – and under the UFC banner specifically – the perfect platform to take the step from the unknown shadows of regional promotions to the sport’s biggest stage is the reality show tournament of The Ultimate Fighter.
While it is certainly possible to break out using other methods, The Ultimate Fighter is a proven vehicle. Competing on the show allows a fighter to not only showcase his talents, but provides the opportunity for an athlete to make a connection with a pre-existing fan base. A successful run in smaller promotions and solid record can earn a fighter the chance to fight inside the Octagon, but several weeks of prime time visibility and fans being able to follow a fighter’s progression into the UFC is a hard situation to trump.
That being said, earning a coveted spot on the reality program is difficult unto itself. With every new season, a storm of would be competitors come from all across the nation to try out for TUF, and once evaluations are completed, a small percentage are selected. Those who are chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter see the opportunity the chance of a lifetime and vow to make the most of such a unique situation because they fully understand the opportunity will never come around again.