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EXCLUSIVE | Myles Jury Talks Win Over Mike Ricci, Judging In MMA And Much More | Late Night Cage Side Radio


Myles “Fury” Jury (13-0) appeared on Late Night Cage Side Radio powered by BJPENN.COM earlier this month to discuss his decision victory over fellow TUF alumni Mike Ricci at UFC 165 in Toronto. The Michigan native spoke to the LNCS crew about his performance, fighting an opponent like Ricci, the judging from that evening in Toronto and much more.

When asked what he thought of the fight, Jury told Kinch and Chase, “I thought Mike was tough, he comes from a good camp and he’s a tough fighter. I thought he did a great job neutralizing a lot of my attacks, I thought he was a tough guy overall.” 

Jury was able to land an overhand right early in round 1 that appeared to have Ricci in trouble, but Ricci was able to recover and fight to the bell. Myles had  anticipated his right hand being effective in the fight stating, “I felt like the right hand was going to land a lot, once I rocked him with it, he kind of stayed back. Mike is a really good counter fighter, so he waits for people to come rushing in and catches them, so I just tried to stay patient hoping that he would exchange some more, but he just backed off a lot.” Following the big shot from Jury, Ricci seemed to be hesitant to exchange for the remainder of the bout, Jury told LNCS listeners, “I felt like he didn’t want exchange and he wanted to lure me into getting overly aggressive. He has a really good left hand so you have to be careful. I learned In some of my earlier fights I would get overly aggressive right off the bat.”

At the end of the day, it was the wrestling and grappling prowess of Jury that dictated where the fight took place. When asked if it was part of the game plan to out grapple Ricci, Myles said, “Honestly I was trying to strike with him more but he is hard to hit on the feet. He’s got good defense so I tried to mix things up and make adjustments using my wrestling to control him more, and try to land strikes but he does a good job hopping up and staying away.” 

In a previous appearance on LNCS Radio, Jury discussed his mantra of remaining elusive and tenacious in combat. Chase asked if Myles felt he followed his mission statement, Jury replied, “I definitely feel like I was elusive and more tenacious that I have ever been before, but Ricci is really good defensively and he didn’t want to play at all. He was throwing little strikes and moving, I had to be smart when I was going forward, he has a really good left hand that I didn’t want to get caught with on the way in.”  Plenty of critics were quick to blast the performance of both Jury and Ricci following their scrap on FOX Sports 1 and while Myles is always looking for the finish, he is aware that styles make fights. Jury stated, “I felt like we are both just really technical fighters and we kind of equalled each other out in that area. We are both passive-aggressive,  we are aggressive but not too aggressive, so sometimes that makes a bad style match-up.” 

Unfortunately in our beloved sport too many judges play with the fates of fighters like a blind puppeteer, scoring fights in a way that suggests they were not watching the bout at all. This same kind of insanity nearly cost Jury the decision as one of the judges gave the fight to Mike Ricci. Jury, who dominated the fight and won all rounds on most people’s scorecards, was well aware of the possibility of Ricci taking a decision in his hometown. Jury discussed the decision stating, “I honestly was surprised, I felt like I won every round but that is just one thing you always have to be aware of when you fight in someone’s hometown. The judges can always pick the hometown favorite, but it still was a little surprising.” Jury continued, “I kind of have mixed feelings on judging. Sometimes you don’t exactly know what fight they watched, sometimes they score the fight 10-9 for one guy and then another judge ail score it 10-9 for the other guy. So it is tough to say exactly what they were watching.”

After the loss to Jury, Mike Ricci was subsequently cut from the UFC roster. Myles expressed remorse towards the situation, but made it clear he has his own career to focus on, “I just see it as a tough break. Nobody wants to get cut from the UFC, they are the best organization, but I am not thinking about that. I am just going to continue to focus on what I am doing.”

A constantly evolving fighter, Jury is always polishing his skills to continue climbing the ranks. In regards to what he can learn from this fight moving forward, Jury told listeners, “The most important thing that I learned from this fight is that I can remain patient and that I can go in somebody’s back yard and still fight well. I will have to talk to my coaches about what they saw and what I need to work on.” 

To the surprise of many, Jury was actually excited to compete in Canada, in front of a potentially hostile crowd as he took on a hometown favorite in Ricci. Following the bout Myles had only great praise for the Toronto crowd telling LNCS, “The fans before the fight were awesome man. If I could fight in Toronto I would do it every time. After the fight they were all pretty cool too, I like Canadian fans, they are really respectful. I enjoy fighting there.” While Jury enjoyed the Canadian fans before and after the bout, during the fight many boo’s emanated from the crowd. When asked how he felt about the crowd-critics during the fight with Ricci, Jury stated, “They didn’t bother me that much, it’s just that every time I go out there I fight the best that I can and I felt that is what I did out there. Sometimes that is how a fight happens, so I was just like whatever that is their opinion.”

The main event of UFC 165 pitted light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Jury’s team mate Alexander Gustafson in a clash that ended up being one of greatest fights of 2013. The LNCS crew asked Jury what he thought of the fight, and his opinion on the decision that was in favor of the champion, Myles said, “I thought it was a great fight, I feel like Alex did a great job and I feel like either one could have won the fight. Obviously I am biased because I train with him so I felt like Alex won the fight, but I understand when some people say Alex didn’t beat him enough. I feel like he did enough to take the decision, hopefully he we get to see a rematch.  Alex was doing really well moving around with his footwork and landing strikes. Hopefully he can make a statement next time and get the win.” 

With his undefeated record still unblemished, a humble Myles Jury doesn’t feel it necessary to call anyone out in the lightweight division. When Kinch asked if Jury had his eyes on any specific opponents, Jury in true sportsman fashion answered, “No, I am just going to continue to get better as a fighter. I am looking to get a big name fighter and just continue to work my way up. I am going to have to talk to my manager about that, talk about some goals and get some things written down. I would like to fight Gomi at one point though.” 

In conclusion, Kinch and Chase asked Myles how many wins he feels it will take for the UFC to offer him a title shot. Jury replied, “Honestly, I have no idea. That’s one of those things that is totally up to the UFC.  I train with some of the best guys in the world and I feel like I can beat anybody in the world on any given day. So it’s not up to me, I am just fighting and continuing to get better.” When asked if he anticipates a return to action before the end of 2013, Jury stated, “I am not sure yet but I am probably looking towards early 2014, I haven’t really thought about it too much. I will think about more in the next few weeks.” 

If the UFC was to offer Myles a title fight, rest assured that “Fury” Jury would jump at the opportunity, “You can’t ever pass up a title shot. I would be up for that for sure, that would be sick!”

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One Comment to EXCLUSIVE | Myles Jury Talks Win Over Mike Ricci, Judging In MMA And Much More | Late Night Cage Side Radio

  1. squid says:

    good interview. mike ricci deserved to be cut. he did absolutely nothing in that last fight and refused to engage or mount any offensive attack…

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