Lightweight Myles Jury passed the stiffest test of his Octagon career in highly impressive fashion at UFC 171 as he turned in a tremendously efficient and surprisingly dominant performance against veteran Diego Sanchez. Jury utilized precise striking, a diversified attack and solid lateral movement to send “The Dream” to his second straight defeat while improving to 14-0 in his career.
When the matchup was announced, it was seen as the type of affair where we would learn plenty about where the 25-year old Jury stood in regards to facing top-flight competition. He responded with a breakthrough performance as he beat Sanchez to the punch all-night long and failed to be lured into the type of brawl that the veteran is so well known for.
When the 15 minutes were in the books, it was clear that Jury had announced himself as one to watch in the 155-pound division as he left Sanchez a bloody mess while coming out of the three-round battle for the most part relatively unscathed.
It was in stark contrast to the Jury that fans had seen earn a split decision at UFC 165 against Mike Ricci in a rather tepid affair his last time out. Jury is now 5-0 in his UFC career and owns victories over Sanchez and surging contender Michael Johnson. The talented prospect should be in line for some big opportunities moving forward.
As for Sanchez, you are left to wonder whether all the wars have finally taken their toll or whether it was simply an off night. He certainly wasn’t the same fighter who engaged in a ferocious affair against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166 losing a decision in one of the best fights of 2013. He’s now dropped three of his last four fights and is likely to tumble outside of the top-15 rankings.
Heading into the contest Sanchez had stated he was going to provide Jury with a reality check in Dallas. In the end, however, it was the veteran who was dealt a harsh dose of reality as “The Fury” showed he definitely has got game.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports