Myles Jury has somehow flown quietly under the radar in his short-lived UFC career. At 26 years of age, he has fifteen professional fights and six amateur bouts and hasn’t lost a single fight. To be undefeated with that amount of experience is impressive in itself. When you go deeper and review the level of competition he has defeated, you begin to wonder how we haven’t paid more attention to him.

The UFC’s lightweight division is by far the most talented division in all of MMA and out of his fifteen professional wins, six of them have been in the UFC. In his last two outings, he has finished Takenori Gomi and defeated Diego Sanchez by decision. After defeating two legends of the sport he is slated to face another in Donald Cerrone.

The term veteran is often used far to freely in MMA, but Cerrone is the definition. A former member of the WEC, he has fought the who’s who of the lightweight division for the majority of his lengthy career. Though he has been fighting professionally for almost a decade, he is one of the most active and successful fighters in the UFC. When he enters the cage to face the younger Jury, he will be fighting for his eleventh time since May of 2012. Currently riding a five fight win streak with his last two wins over Jim Miller and Eddie Alvarez, he won’t be far from the title if he defeats Jury.

For Jury, a win over Cerrone will not only get him into the title picture, it will make it so fans and media can’t deny him. He looked great in his last two fights and has proven to be a legitimate top ten fighter, but this fight has the potential to launch him into the top five. Jury finishes eighty percent of his fights and Cerrone finishes seventy-six percent of his fights. No doubt this fight has the potential for fireworks, but both men are tactical even when they engage in wars. For Jury, it can be argued that Cerrone is his most difficult challenge to date. Here are his keys to victory if he intends on having his hand raised at UFC 182.

Fight his Fight

Jury has accomplished so much, so quickly and it’s because he is skilled as well as cerebral in his fighting style. He must avoid getting drawn into Cerrone’s fighting style. One of Cerrone’s greatest skills is making his opponents fight the way he wants to fight. Jury has proven himself to be durable, but if he doesn’t stick to his strategy or gets discourage and fights wild, it is really a coin toss as to whether he wakes up looking at the lights or has his hand raised.

Striking Defense

Cerrone is a slick submission expert, but he is even more skilled in the striking department. A Muay Thai and kick boxing tactician, he has picked apart many of his opponents with his ability to throw kicks and punches from just about every possible angle. For Jury to get his hand raised, he must be one step ahead of Cerrone the entire fight and employ defensive tactics. Statistically, Jury has a huge up on Cerrone in defense. Though Cerrone throws more volume and is also more accurate on the offense, he also takes more punishment than Jury. Cerrone absorbs an average of 3.96 significant strikes per minute versus Jury who only absorbs 1.22. That is a major discrepancy in their fight games, and it will certainly play a role in Jury’s ability to get his hand raised if he can shut Cerrone down as he has his other opponents.

Pull the Trigger

While Jury must remain true to his strategy, he must also be relaxed enough to capitalize on an opportunity to finish Cerrone if the opportunity presents itself. Jury has finished eleven of his fifteen opponents within the first round, so he shouldn’t have any issues in this department. With this being such a high-profile fight, with the potential of putting him directly into title discussions, the stress and pressure will be different from any other fight he has had. His ability to manage the stress could make him or break him in this fight.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.