Myles Jury has done everything right thus far in his career. He’s an undefeated prospect in the UFC‘s lightweight division, and he’s one of the best finishers in the division. Thus far, he’s been able to dispatch Michael Johnson, Ramsey Nijem and Mike Ricci. On Saturday night, he faces possibly his sternest test in Diego Sanchez, one of the most mentally strong and intimidating fighters to ever compete in the UFC.
However, Jury isn’t intimidated by anyone. He knows he has the technical skills to beat Sanchez, both on the ground and standing. He just needs to focus on the task at hand and prepare for the barrage of punches Sanchez is going to be coming with as soon as the ref says fight. As long as Jury can keep his emotions intact and keep a level head, he shouldn’t have a hard time beating Sanchez. Jury is the hungrier, younger fighter, and he’s more technical, both on the ground and feet.
His best path to victory, and one he will surely try to go down, is to weather the early storm of Sanchez. As soon as Jury finds an opening, he needs to shoot in and get the fight to the ground. From there, he holds the superior edge in jiu jitsu.
Myles has coined his style of grappling “Jury Jiu Jitsu,” and this will be the difference in the fight. He will control positions and eventually find a submission, getting the biggest win of his career. Everyone at lightweight will have to consider Jury legitimate after Saturday night.