While unbeaten UFC lightweight Myles Jury had previously accepted a fight against former 155-pound title challenger Nate Diaz, the promotion has elected to move in another direction. With Diaz unwilling to fight again until he gets more money, that option was taken off the table. Jury now has a Sept. 20 date in place against hard-hitting veteran Takanori Gomi at Fight Night 52 in Japan.
Jury is coming off the most impressive performance of his career at UFC 171 where he dominated veteran Diego Sanchez to improve to 14-0. The 25-year-old Jury fought an extremely poised, technical fight against the brawling veteran in Dallas to record a surprisingly easy unanimous decision victory.
He’d been recently scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at Fight Night 44 in San Antonio but was forced to withdraw from that event because of an injury. The No. 9-ranked Jury is 5-0 in his Octagon tenure and holds other notable victories over Michael Johnson and Ramsey Nijem. The TUF 15 alum has produced 11 finishes by knockout or submission and appears poised for big things.
“The Fireball Kid” is coming off an exciting unanimous decision victory over Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172. The action-packed contest earned a Fight of the Night bonus for both competitors. Gomi has formidable power and definitely swings for the fences. He’s picked up 13 knockouts in his 35 career victories. The former Shooto and Pride champion is also an accomplished wrestler who has added an additional six career victories by submission.
Gomi hasn’t been a dominant factor during his Octagon tenure having compiled a 4-4 record. He’s faced elite competition in the forms of Kenny Florian, Clay Guida, Sanchez and Diaz. The Japanese star has produced a trio of post-fight bonuses and is tremendously tough. He’s never been knocked out in 45 career fights.
This should be an excellent matchup at the Saitama Super Arena. Jury will be looking to continue his rise in the 155-pound division and stay undefeated, while Gomi will have the crowd firmly behind him as he looks for the biggest win of his UFC career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports