Myles Jury: Diego Sanchez is a street fighter, I’m a prize fighter
Myles Jury is well aware of the kind of fight he’s about to step into at UFC 171 in Dallas.
The former two-time Ultimate Fighter alum faces Diego Sanchez, who is notorious for having some of the most action packed, wild and crazy fights in UFC history. Rarely does a Sanchez fight end without both men leaving the cage slightly bruised, definitely bloody and ready for a couple of weeks off after a war of attrition.
The moment Jury was offered the fight with Sanchez he made sure to re-watch his last bout against Gilbert Melendez from UFC 166, which was applauded as one of the best fights of the year and maybe one of the greatest slugfests of all time. As a pure fight enthusiast, Jury enjoyed the display of heart and aggression like everyone else in the arena and watching at home that night.
As an analyst, however, Jury saw the fight in a much different light as two highly skilled mixed martial artists broke down into a stand up battle like ‘Rock Em/Sock Em’ robots with human participants.
"I feel like those guys didn’t really have too much of a game plan going into that one, I thought it was more they wanted to beat each other at their No. 1 thing. Gilbert’s a good striker, Diego’s a good striker, they’re both good on the inside so they were both like ‘I’m going to beat you with your best weapon’ kind of mentality," Jury told FOX Sports recently.
I feel like those guys didn’t really have too much of a game plan going into that one
— Myles Jury on Sanchez vs. Melendez
"I feel like that’s why you got a war like that. You get two guys inside who like to throw bombs, when they get matched up together, and they’ve both got big egos, they don’t like to be pushed back or anything like that, you end up with a crazy, punch back and forth fight like that."
It’s exactly that kind of fight Jury wants to avoid having with Sanchez.
Jury has put in years of work to get to this point, where he could be on the precipice of making some real waves in the lightweight division and the last thing he wants to do is throw it all away for the sake of having a knock down, drag out war with the former Ulitmate Fighter season one winner.
"I look at somebody like a Diego Sanchez, he’s more of like a street fighter, he’s a fighter’s fighter," Jury said. "I look at myself more of a prize fighter and I’m all down for exchanges, but I do a lot of training and I’ve been in this sport a while and I’ve learned a lot of tools. If I wanted to just go out there and stand in front of somebody until one of us falls, I wouldn’t have put all this work in and perfected my technique. Otherwise I’d just go stand in front of a heavy bag everyday and train."
I look at somebody like a Diego Sanchez, he’s more of like a street fighter, he’s a fighter’s fighter. I look at myself more of a prize fighter
— Myles Jury
Now tactical strategy might somehow get confused with ‘boring’ when it comes to the fight, but Jury promises this bout with Sanchez will definitely keep fans interested when they tune in on Saturday night. There is nothing wrong with having an amazing fight that doesn’t necessarily end with Jury and Sanchez both going to the emergency room when it’s over.
"Styles make fights and every fighter has their own unique style. You look at somebody like Diego versus a GSP or something like that. GSP goes out there and he controls a lot of people and he beats people up and it’s more of a controlled aggression. You don’t see him go out there and just throwing bombs," Jury said.
"I call it playing the lottery. Guys just standing out there and just throw bombs, it’s like you’ve got a chance of winning, but you’ve also got a big chance of losing."
As far as his own career trajectory, Jury would much rather follow a fighter like St-Pierre, who was one of the longest reigning champions in UFC history, versus Sanchez, who has been a top 10 fighter in the past but has only competed for a UFC belt on one occasion and has gone through many hills and valleys during his career.
There’s a place for Diego Sanchez in the sport of MMA, but Jury doesn’t want to be like him. Instead, Jury would rather use Sanchez as the launching pad for his entry into the top 10 of the division before making a run at the title in the next year.