Who’s ready for another action-packed episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live?

After a great episode last week, that saw Justin Lawrence take out veteran Cristiano Marcello in the second round by knockout, this week’s edition is highlighted by another highly-anticipated match-up.

With the win over Marcello, Lawrence earned Team Cruz another opportunity to pick the next fight. Cruz selected his third pick, Myles Jury, to take on Team Faber’s top guy, Al Iaquinta.

The MMA Corner will breakdown what both Jury and Iaquinta bring to the table on Friday, and predict who will come out on top.

Myles Jury (9-0) vs. Al Iaquinta (5-1-1)

After a tough fight to predict last week, this match-up between Jury and Iaquinta is even more difficult to call.

If it wasn’t for an injury in The Ultimate Fighter season 13, Myles Jury could be competing in the UFC right now. Jury was forced to pull out of that season due to a severe knee injury, but UFC President Dana White promised Jury another shot to fulfill his dreams, and it starts on Friday. The 23-year-old will step into the cage for the first time in two years, looking to show the UFC he deserves to be here.

Even though “The Fury” was forced to go the judges’ scorecards in his fight to get in the house, all nine of his professional wins have come in the first round. That statistic, along with having fought against some of the best fighters in the King of the Cage promotion, give Jury an advantage coming into this fight.

However, Iaquinta is no slouch by any means. The Team Faber product is a difficult opponent for anyone in the house. To get past Jury, Iaquinta will have to avoid his opponent on the feet, and circle out to stay out of reach. Iaquinta will be the shorter man in this fight as well, which will force him to have to close the distance to work his striking. With a solid Serra-Longo team having trained him throughout his career, the New York native will come in well prepared, so a win for Iaquinta wouldn’t be surprising.

As long as Jury doesn’t have any ring rust on Friday, he’s the favorite. He has a great mindset right now, and is motivated to get this long-awaited opportunity to win the show.

“I believe in myself, I work hard and I have God on my side,” said Jury.

Due to the size and height advantage Jury has, he’s the pick to win this fight. Don’t expect the bout to be determined by scorecards, as Jury ends Iaquinta’s run on the show by first-round stoppage.

Photo: Al Iaquinta (L) vs. Gabriel Miglioli (Sherdog)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.