Myles Jury suffered the first loss of his professional career back in January, losing to current UFC lightweight No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone. Prior to that setback, he’d racked up 15 wins to start off his career, including six straight inside the Octagon.
This December, Jury makes the move down to the featherweight division for the first time; it’s a move he believes will be quite beneficial, and a weight at which he feels he’ll be his best after cutting down body fat.
“I was hell on wheels at 155 [lbs],” Jury said in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “At [145 lbs], nobody is gonna beat me. I just want to get this first fight, get the cut down and go through that process. After that, I’ll be able to take on anybody.
“…I feel like I’m adding just another advantage to my overall game. I feel like when you’re fighting the top-five guys in the world and you’re going for a world title – that’s still my main goal, that hasn’t changed, that’s what I’m here for – if I get another advantage going into war on my side, that just increases my odds of winning. And that’s what I want to do. I feel really good about the decision.”
Penick’s Analysis: Jury has looked excellent at times throughout his UFC career, and though he fell short against Cerrone, he could be extremely dangerous at 145 lbs. He’s got the right combination of skills to compete with the best in these weight classes, and giving him a size edge on top of that is significant. If he comes down and takes out Charles Oliveira in December at UFC on Fox 17, it’s a sign of a new contender immediately.