Undefeated Myles Jury picks apart Diego Sanchez for biggest win of his career
MAR 15, 2014 11:33p ET
Myles Jury refused to engage in Diego Sanchez's fight and it paid off for his biggest career win.
Jury dominated Sanchez in every round en route to a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) victory Saturday night at UFC 171 at American Airlines Center. While Sanchez wanted to drag the fight into a brawl, Jury used his jab and head movement to keep Sanchez at bay. He never tired and Sanchez was typically left bloodied at the end.
Sanchez (24-7) said this week that he was going to be more technical with his striking, but that went down the toilet quickly. Sanchez taunted Jury early, waving his hands for Jury to come in. It didn’t work.
Jury (14-0) was elusive, never letting Sanchez get close enough to rip off a wild flurry. He dropped the fan favorite in the first round with a beautiful right cross to open up a nasty cut under Sanchez's left eye.
The rest of the fight was similar. Sanchez gave chase and Jury picked him apart.
Jury, 25, is remains undefeated and will almost certainly get someone ranked in the top 15 next. He's had setbacks in his career. A torn ACL sidelined him before he could compete on The Ultimate Fighter 13 and he lost on TUF 15 to Al Iaquinta. He has come into his own training at Alliance MMA in San Diego and looks to be a contender in the loaded lightweight division.
Sanchez, 32, is no longer a contender and could be nearing the end of a career that saw him win the first Ultimate Fighter. He has nothing left to prove and although he could still produce fun fights it doesn’t seem like he'll be moving up the ladder at 155 any time soon.