Lightweight Myles Jury will definitely be getting the stiffest test of his career at UFC 171. Jury will put his unbeaten record on the line against veteran Diego Sanchez on March 15 in Dallas.
Sanchez is fresh off a tremendous war at UFC 166 against Gilbert Melendez. The sensational lightweight scrap and Fight of the Year candidate saw Melendez emerge with the decision victory, but clearly raised the stock of “The Dream.” Sanchez recently inked a new eight-fight deal with the promotion. He’s been a stalwart with the company since winning the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 at middleweight, having fought a whopping 19 times in the UFC. He has been on quite a run with four Fight of the Night bonuses in his last five bouts.
Jury is 4-0 inside the Octagon with victories over Chris Saunders, Michael Johnson, Ramsey Nijem and Mike Ricci. His most recent effort was a split decision victory over Ricci at UFC 165 in a rather uninspiring and disappointing affair. Jury will definitely need to ramp it up several notches from that bout to be able to hang with someone of Sanchez’s pedigree and aggression level. Jury is a TUF alumni from Seasons 13 and 15. His first appearance on the reality show was derailed by a torn ACL. “The Fury” has proven to be a solid finisher in his career, with 11 of his 13 victories having come by way of either knockout or submission.
It’s an extremely interesting matchup between the proven commodity in Sanchez against the young upstart prospect in Jury. Sanchez will be looking to continue the positive momentum from his effort against Melendez, while Jury will be looking for what would be the biggest victory of his career by far.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports