Myles Jury is making changes.
After spending the entirety of his seven-fight UFC career in the lightweight division, the 26-year-old Jury will shed 10 pounds and test his luck at featherweight, according to a recent report on his personal website.
In addition, Jury will move his fight camp from San Diego’s Alliance MMA to Arizona’s Power MMA and Fitness. Along with Jury, Alliance MMA teammates Johnny “Hollywood” Case, Michael Chandler and Luis Saldana will head east for future fight camps.
“Myles was tested a little over 16-percent body fat and not exactly eating the best,” Jury’s manager, Ryan Hass, told Fox Sports’ Damon Martin. “One of his great changes this year was finally getting his nutrition intake at the highest level by starting with George Lockhart at FitnessVT.com.
“Now he’s held onto his size while dropping the bad weight and ready to take over the featherweight division.”
For Jury, these changes come on the heels of his first professional loss, a January defeat via decision to current lightweight top contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 182.
In that fight, Jury found success early by taking Cerrone to the ground and securing dominant position, but Cerrone quickly reversed the maneuver and took over, outpointing and outclassing Jury everywhere the fight went.
Still, Jury is young, he’s talented and his 5’11” frame could make him a real threat at 145 pounds.
While his striking developed quickly at Alliance MMA and became a primary tool of attack against the likes of Diego Sanchez and Takanori Gomi, Jury is a lifelong wrestler with black-belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu credentials. Combined with his physical size, this grappling talent could make a dangerous foil to the strikers—champion Jose Aldo and interim champ Conor McGregor—at the top of the featherweight division.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report as news of Jury’s first opponent at 145 pounds is announced.
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