Jury has an undefeated record, but Ramsey
Nijem likes how he matches up with him ahead of their
UFC on Fox 7 lightweight bout.
“He’s a tough guy,” Nijem told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, “but he definitely doesn’t
like my style of a fight -- right in your face, 15 minutes of just
pushing the pace and scrambling, up against the fence, one of those
Nijem has won three straight in the UFC since Tony
Ferguson knocked him out at “The Ultimate Fighter 13” Finale.
Jury was also on Season 13 of the reality show briefly but withdrew
due to an injury before returning for Season 15. He was eliminated
Iaquinta on a split decision but bounced back with a submission
win over Chris
Saunders at “The Ultimate Fighter 15” Finale. Officially, he
still hasn’t lost a pro bout.
“Obviously he’s undefeated for a reason,” Nijem said. “He’s a tough
kid, lots of heart and a very talented fighter. But I feel like on
the show he didn’t perform quite as well, but that’s kind of a hard
thing to say because the way ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ works. It
either favors some people or gets in their head. It’s hard to judge
someone off their performance on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’”
Outside of the show, Jury has made a habit of finishing opponents
in the first round. In what may be his best win, though, he earned
a unanimous decision over Michael
Johnson in December at UFC 155.
“Michael Johnson was on a tear, and he put it to a stop,” Nijem
said. “… We’re both kind of in the same spot in our career right
now. We’re both trying to make a name for ourselves in the
lightweight division. We’re like the same age. I think we’re both
24 and undefeated in the lightweight division in the UFC. I feel
like we’re both kind of coming up, and this is going to be a big
fight for both of us.”
Nijem plans on winning it, too.
“He wants to stay on the outside and move real well,” Nijem said.
“He’s real athletic. He likes to get in and out. I think
stylistically, this is a really good fight for me. I’ll just push
the pace and do what I do best: make the fight nasty and
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:36:01).