Myles Jury: Rankings 'are useless', doesn't care where he sits in the top 10
APR 08, 2014 1:30p ET
Just a few days after what was supposed to be the biggest win of his career, Myles Jury had to endure a barrage of bad news that all seemingly came out of nowhere.
The first piece came just 24 hours after his unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez when Jury read on Twitter that the fighter openly admitted to having food poisoning from a post weigh-in meal he ingested on Friday. Sanchez stated at the time that he ate raw meat, and it certainly didn't agree with his stomach and the result was several bouts of violent vomiting, which in turn didn't allow him to fight to the best of his ability.
Sanchez still gave Jury and his team credit for the win, but there's no getting around the fact that it sounded as if he was taking something away from what should have been a huge moment for the former two-time Ultimate Fighter contestant.
"It's definitely his choice. It sucks that it happens, but I just stayed focus on what I had to do and I had to go out there and do my job. It's personal issues I guess," Jury told FOX Sports about Sanchez. "I didn't see anything that was different. He came out and tried to take my head off, came out strong, I felt like he fought strong the whole fight."
Then just another 24 hours later, Jury started to get bombarded on Twitter again with some more potentially upsetting news. The official UFC rankings compiled by a group of journalists from around the industry (side note: I am personally not on the panel and do not have a vote) placed Jury just outside the top 10, but what was more disturbing was that he sat one spot below Michael Johnson.
“Honestly I don't even think about the rankings at all. I feel like those are useless,”
Now, Johnson has been on quite a run lately with several big victories, but his recent three fight win streak started after he was beaten quite convincingly by Jury in their bout in 2012. Luckily, voters came to their senses a week later and now Jury is one spot ahead of Johnson instead of behind, but whether he was in the top five of the division or sitting well behind a former opponent he bested, the San Diego based lightweight wouldn't have paid much attention either way.
Jury isn't a big fan of rankings, and it's not to say they don't necessarily have some validity in the sport, but he just sees no purpose to them. The best fighters in the world face the other best fighters in the world, and those who keep winning get title shots. Those that lose, do not.
"Honestly, I hate to say it, but honestly I don't even think about the rankings at all. I feel like those are useless," Jury said. "All these guys in the top 10 and top 20, everybody's good and everybody's dangerous, and I feel like if you try to categorize people like that, you're trying to put them in a different class. I feel like everybody's dangerous and I don't worry about that stuff. I don't care where they rank me."
The rankings debate is also part of the reason why Jury refuses to call out opponents by name when asked about his next fight. Logic would say that he's in line for a top 10 fighter with a chance to even get into title contention by the end of the year given his current win streak.
Still, Jury doesn't like playing the game where he starts name dropping fighters in the division with hopes of landing a matchup. He'd rather leave the matchmaking up to the UFC, and then they can leave winning up to him.
"Hopefully it's somebody that's a name and something that makes sense for the UFC and my management. I don't really care to mention anybody or say who I want to fight. There's a lot of good matchups," Jury said.
"The sky's the limit. I just want to keep working my way up, that's why I'm here."