Fresh off a devastating knockout of “The Ultimate Fighter 13? finalist Ramsey Nijem (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 7 event, Myles Jury (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is setting his sets high for his next fight.
He also learned that Tony Ferguson, whom he briefly encountered during his appearance on “TUF 13,” wanted to fight him.
While Jury appreciated Ferguson’s nod, he’s gunning for Gomi, who most recently suffered a questionable decision loss to Diego Sanchez at UFC on FUEL TV 8.
“Not only do I think that would be a crazy, exciting fight, but it’s just a fight I’ve wanted since I was a kid watching him fight,” Jury said.
Jury, of course, is no longer a kid. Prior to his win over Nijem, which took place on UFC on FOX 7's FX-televised preliminary card, he stopped Michael Johnson. Both opponents carried three-fight win streaks before they met the 24-year-old Jury, who trains alongside Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler and a host of UFC veterans at Alliance MMA in San Diego.
Once stuck in limbo after an injury forced his withdrawal from “TUF 13,” and forced to take a setback when he lost to “TUF 15? finalist Al Iaquinta in his second reality show appearance, Jury remains unbeaten as a professional.
“Honestly, when I think about it, I really don’t care too much about my record,” he said. “I just stay humble. Any day I could get beat up in the gym, so I just stay on my toes. If worse comes to worse and I take a loss in the cage, I know it’s not going to stop me at all.”
The chance to face former PRIDE champion Gomi is an opportunity Jury doesn’t want to miss before their careers expire.
Once a top-ranked lightweight in the now-defunct Japanese organization, Gomi has struggled in the octagon, going 3-4 inside the octagon. Prior to his loss to Sanchez, he was attempting to rebuild some of his stature with two straight wins.
Jury, though, wants to prove he’s a cut above.
“It’s coming to the point where people that I used to idolize, now, they’re my competitors, so it’s pretty crazy,” Jury said. “But at the same time, it just shows that I’m growing.”
The fighter, who’s currently promoting his Jury Jiu Jitsu system, said if all goes well, he’ll train through the summer and improve on his skills before fighting Gomi in the fall.
Now, he’ll put his hopes in the hands of UFC matchmakers.
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