Myles Jury, contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, seasons 13 and 15, spoke with BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio Sunday night in the week leading up to his April 20 fight with Ramsey Nijem. Jury (11-0) is coming off his first fight to go the full-time in a unanimous decision win over Michael Johnson.
A large part of Jury’s success comes from the Detroit native’s move to San Diego, California to train with the Alliance MMA team.
“Camp’s been great, dude. Camp is camp… Knock on wood, I’m not injured and everything. There’s nothing fun about camp, man, it’s been a tough camp. I’ve worked my butt off, I’ve sacrificed a lot. I’m ready, man, I’m ready to rock… Every day is a scrap in that place. We’ve got some of the best fighters coming up… the professional coaching staff, and you can just tell, if anyone wants to come by Alliance and watch a sparring session or training session, you’ll just see the difference between our gym and a lot of gyms. It’s a fight gym. A lot of gyms now are in the business of marketing and making money off of cardio-kickboxing classes and all that, but at the root of Alliance, it’s a fight gym. We keep it grimy there. It’s good times. I forget who I was talking to, but I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I look back on my career, I don’t know if I’m going to be looking back at my fights remembering those or the scraps I’ve had in this gym with you guys on a consistent basis.’”
With a strong team behind him and a perfect professional MMA record, Jury will be coming into this fight with a certain level of confidence. At the same time, the 0 on his record is a precious feature, one that many fighters strive to protect. For Jury, remaining undefeated is important; but he sees himself as a winner just being able to do what he loves for a living.
“It’s special. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think what if I win, what if I lose, what’s worse-case scenario, what’s best-case scenario? But at the end of the day, man, I’m doing what I love to do. I’m getting to make a little money doing it. I get to showcase my skills in front of the world. I get to spend time with great people, you know, with my trainers, my coaches, my girl. Dude, honestly when I work my butt off and I do everything I can to sacrifice and get ready for a fight, the win and the loss, it’s like obviously I hate losing, and I love winning. Win, lose, or draw, I’ve been to the bottom… I got cut from the UFC before I even fought for the UFC, so this is all extra for me. I know what it’s like to be at the bottom… I don’t even care, man, I’m not scared of that at all. I’m just going to go out there and do me and just have fun. As long as I’m having fun out there, then I have no regrets as long as I’m having fun… That’s one of the good things about anybody out there who has hit rock bottom in their careers, or just hit rock bottom in their life or overall, it just gives you a type of experience, it gives you like, I guess you can call it a ‘mojo,’ where you don’t really need anybody. You don’t need nobody to co-sign your confidence or co-sign your skills. You’re just like, ‘Hold up, I’ve already been to the rock bottom by myself, and I pulled myself out of there. Here I am today.’”
For Jury, he hit rock bottom when he lost on The Ultimate Fighter twice. In Season 13, he tore his ACL in the first episode and was subsequently forced to leave the show. In Season 15, he lost his first match against Al Laquinta. Nowadays, given his difficult record on the television show, Jury has respect for the fighters and the struggle they must go through.
“When I watch the show,” explained Myles, “because on the show there is so much going on- obviously they can only put so much on the TV, so they really expand certain situations, and they really try to broadcast to the audience certain feelings and emotions that are going on there. I know, being in those certain types of circumstances, your mind plays tricks on you, a lot of stuff goes through your head. I try not to really judge people on the show, it’s like being put in a deep fryer, it’s like a pressure cooker. It’s a tough situation, and people react differently. When I watch it I definitely try not to judge people and just take it for what it’s worth… I feel like going to The Ultimate Fighter, I’ve said it a couple times before, it was a roller coaster of ups and downs, peaks and valleys and all that stuff. At the same time, coming off that show I learned so much not only about myself, but it really made me appreciate the things I do have in my life. Obviously, anyone who knows anything about The Ultimate Fighter, when you go there you get stripped of everything. You have a camera in your face 24/7 and you’re put under some of the most pressure-type scenarios of your life. When you got out of there it really put it into perspective of what I want out of life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I feel like that time spent on The Ultimate Fighter 15, even the [Season] 13 where I was only there for a day and I hurt my knee, I had to go through that whole process of recovery and fighting to get back into The Ultimate Fighter, I feel like it made me stronger and it made me grow a lot as a person.”
The next season of The Ultimate Fighter, for which tryouts are taking place this week, the UFC has announced that coaches Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano will be guiding both male and female fighters.
Jury weighed in on the upcoming season, saying, “I feel like we’re in a mix with this season. Obviously it’s good to showcase the women’s part of mixed martial arts and broadcast that type of audience and let them know that that’s something for any girl who wants to be a mixed martial artist. Now’s the time, man. It’s picking up quick, and there are a lot of opportunities for women out there. At the same time, too, I’m sure you’ll get a couple of knuckleheads there. With the guys and the girls, it’s kind of hot or cold; I could definitely see some crazy stuff happening, but I could definitely see, they could have a season too where everybody’s there to fight, and everybody wants that contract and nobody’s willing to mess anything up to get that contract. It’s like a 50-50, but I think we’ll get a mix of each.”
Making his third UFC appearance this Saturday, and continuing to climb the lightweight rankings with each new opponent, Myles Jury has been receiving a lot of attention from fans. While much of it is positive, Jury shared his thoughts on the negative feedback he receives via social media.
“I don’t care about people’s opinions,” he said, “I really don’t. I appreciate my fans, and I love all my fans, but at the end of the day if I was to judge [myself] by the way people thought of me, I just set myself up for failure, because I have no control over it. I got people who tell me I’m the next UFC champ, but I got other people who tell me I’m overrated and I suck. So I don’t really care about any of that, you know what I’m saying? It’s the truth. I just depend on my own mind, my own skills and my own experience, and my own faith. I’ve always had faith in myself, I always have, so that’s all I need… I think the biggest thing… it’s just understanding where theyr’e coming from. In America, it’s freedom of speech, dude. Everybody’s got an opinion on everything. And now with technology so big, and everybody having access to all kinds of fights and what not, everybody’s an expert… If you’ve never fought in the UFC, you don’t know what it’s like. You can watch all you want, and I know this from experience, I’ve cornered guys in the UFC before I ever got there… but when I got in the UFC, it’s different, man… At the same time, I got to understand that the people that are saying this, it might sound like hate, but I got to understand that honestly they’re just trying to voice their opinion. Honestly it just shows that they care. At least they’re saying something because I guess if they really didn’t care, they would be doing something else and not saying anything… I try and keep it more on the positive side. I try to respond more to the people that are positive, and that are not trying to send a bunch of hate my way. First off, I’m not trying to feed into people that are just throwing a bunch of hate, you know, because that’s just a negative atmosphere. Also too, man, I’m not wasting my time. I talk to my girl about this all the time, time is the most valuable thing to me… I’m just hurting myself by wasting time. I could be Tweeting back someone who really is a true fan of mine, who loves and supports me. I could be showing them love, but here I am wasting my time showing some hater love. So I don’t even waste my time.”
Looking forward to this fight and what lies ahead, Jury replied honestly that a lot of what lies ahead in terms of opponents is out of his hands. He stated, “Honestly, I really don’t know. All of that stuff is out of my control. I’ve seen people go out there and get big, impressive wins over top contenders or top people and they still don’t get the fight I thought they were going to get. I can go out there and win decisively, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a big fight or if I didn’t get a big fight. It’s kind of, it’s so out of my hands I really don’t know. Obviously, the more that you win, the bigger [more] impressive performances, I guess you can say the better your chances of getting up toward the top tier. So hopefully, when I get a win this Saturday, I’ll be working my way up… Honestly, the amount of work I put into each one of these fights and into just my career- like I said, I live out here in California, and I live here for one purpose and that’s to train for my career- so honestly, I take every fight as just one fight at a time. Even after this fight, I’m going to see what I want to do next, and that’s it.”
What you won’t see after Jury fights is him talking trash to earn fans and move himself into a position for better fights. While he admits this tactic certainly works, Myles tries above everything else to be himself.
“Honestly, I don’t even have a problem with the guys that talk stuff, like Chael Sonnen and stuff like that. I feel like, if that’s the way you want to do it, then do it. I feel like a lot of people aren’t original in this sport any more. I feel like a lot of people are just going with the trend, just doing what’s popular… I don’t have a problem with whatever a fighter wants to do- if he wants to dye his hair pink, or if he wants to just be quiet and go out there and fight, or if he wants to make a clown of himself. As long as that’s who they are, and they’re being original and being true to [themselves]… I do what I do because that’s just me. It’s like I said, I fight because it’s what I love to do. I love to train, I love competition. I’m a little more of a quieter person, I don’t run my mouth all the time because that’s just who I am… That’s what I love about martial arts and MMA because I have an opportunity to go out there in front of millions of people to fight- and not only to show my skills- but show my faith, my faith in God, show the way I live my life. I live my life in a simple manner. Show that it’s cool still nowadays to go out there, and you don’t have to be popping bottles, you don’t have to be living like an idiot, you don’t have to be doing all that stuff… I just feel that sometimes fighters need to check themselves and understand why they’re doing what they’re doing.”
Be sure to catch Myles “Fury” Jury take on Ramsey Nijem at the UFC on FOX 7 preliminary card, which will air at 2pm PT on FX. You can also hear this entire episode of Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio featuring Michelle Waterson and Norman Parke right here, or listen in the player below.
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