Myles Jury is just creating all sorts of waves this week. Jury has been silently creeping up the Lightweight ladder in the past two years, finally making a splash with a dominant decision win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 171. He was recently in the news for saying that he signed to fight Nate Diaz next, but Diaz never signed the contract because he was holding out for more money. Either way, it seemed that things worked out for Jury because he is now set to fight the legendary Takanori Gomi in Japan at UFC Fight Night 52. Gomi, who has had a storied career in Japan, is coming off a Fight of the Night win at UFC 172 and is looking to jump into the top-ten of the division with a win over Jury.
This fight seems catered to Jury to get some international appeal. Any way you look at this fight it is a win for Jury. What if Jury trounces Gomi? He now has another solid name under his belt and will gain a following in Japan. If these two go to war and Jury loses it was a learning experience and Jury now has a following in an international market, making him prime to fight there again. The only problem with this fight for Jury is that Gomi is not ranked as high as Diaz. A fight against Diaz would have been the biggest fight of Jury’s career, and a win would have put him within reach of a title shot. Jury should see this as an opportunity for a broader mass appeal and the opportunity to get a legend’s name in his pocket.