Myles Jury reevaluates training to make championship run

11/24/2015 12:43 AM - Devo

UFC Fight Night on December 19 will see Myles Jury square off against Charles Oliveira. This will be Jury's first fight since January 2015 and a lot has changed. He's revamped his diet, dropped to another weight class and also switched gyms. "Fury" is in the best possible position of his career and he's poised to make a championship run.

Jury spoke with The GM's Perspecitve and discussed the recent changes that has him ready to be one of the most talked about athletes in the game today.

The GM’s Perspective: A lot has changed since your last fight in January, one being you dropping down a weight class. What was your motivation behind it?

Myles Jury: Always evaluating myself as an athlete and looking for areas that I can improve on. I haven’t really been on a diet since the Ultimate Fighter and my body fat was a little higher than it should be. Coming off the last fight it was something that I wanted to work on; becoming a better athlete, trying to lean out. I got on a new diet and my weight started to come off. I went on the scale and realized I wasn’t that big of a 55’er (155 lb/70.3 kg). I can make 45 (145 lb/65 kg) with some discipline. I looked around and got a great nutrionist in George Lockhart. He put me on a diet the last couple of months and I feel great. My weight continues to come down slowly. Honestly, I feel better with this diet and with the stuff he has me taking improves my recovery. He has me feeling better than I have in my last couple of training camps. So far so good!

GMs: Is your food intake/eating properly the main contributor to the weight loss?

MJ: It’s all from the new diet, specifically portion control. I’m eating around seven times a day and I find that I’m eating a lot of meat, fruit, and vegetables. No pizza, no breads and stuff like that.

GMs: Being in a new weight class, you are fighting a whole new group of fighters, one being #7 ranked UFC Featherweight, Charles Oliveira. Does your game plan change compared to fighting the guys in the lightweight division?

MJ: The game plan never really changes. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Getting involved with a new roster of opponents and a new weight class, it’s time to focus on what’s ahead of me and not dwelling on the past.

GMs: You have also changed your training regime, specifically, leaving Alliance Training Center in San Diego to begin training at Power MMA & Fitness in Arizona. What was the main focus behind the change?

MJ: I needed new coaching and little bit more hands on coaching. I had the opportunity to talk to Aaron Simpson, the head trainer at Power MMA, and I really believe in him. One thing led to another and before you know it I’m training fulltime in Arizona. A couple of other guys also wanted to switch gyms. With us going to Arizona it was a prime way for all of us to stick together (Johnny “Hollywood” Case, Justin Lawrence, Luis Saldana, Michael Chandler).

GMs: Are there any hard feelings when transitions like this happen?

MJ: There’s no hard feelings between me and Alliance. I wish them all the best. It was a business decision and a grown man decision. At the end of the day it’s me getting in the cage. I have to do what’s best for myself. I think the easier path would have been to stay comfortable, but it took a lot more guts to get up and make a change.

GMs: You have to be selfish and do what’s best for you. You can only think about other people for so long before it starts to affect the decisions you make on a daily basis. If you’re not doing what’s best for you it affects everyone.

MJ: Not being happy where I’m at would only bring people down. Making the change and stepping up and moving on was necessary.

GMs: I’ve noticed you’re on FOX Sports writing some articles and branching out into different things, in addition to your weekly articles on your website. Your discussing topics that people looking from the outside might not be aware of.

MJ: I’ve been working on blogs and working on increasing my knowledge on different topics. I’m a big reader and I feel like there's a lot that I’ve learned over the years. I feel like I can build a platform where I can share different topics with people that might help them in different avenues over the course of their lives. It’s a cool thing to do.

GMs: Even people who might not be into MMA or the lifestyle are reading your work and your reach is getting bigger. Through social media, this brings more attention to you and your team and really enhances your brand. There’s nothing but positives coming from this.

MJ: From a branding aspect, it’s getting my name out there more and people can see a different side of me.

GMs: The road to the championship begins December 19 on FOX Sports. Is there anyone you want to give a shout to before camp gets into full swing?

MJ: Big shout out to my team; Power MMA. And of course my loyal fans who have stuck with me through the ups and downs of my career. I’m looking forward to taking another step towards that championship belt.

For more information, follow Myles Jury on social media at:

Facebook: facebook.com/TheTeamFury
Twitter: @FuryJury
Instagram: @FuryJury

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

 

Pacific Association names Matt Chavez MVP

11/19/2015 6:34 AM - Devo

Matt Chavez just had one of the best seasons in minor league history.

Chavez, a former 44th round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2010, was named MVP of the Pacific Association after putting together a season to remember. In 66 games he belted 31 home runs and drove in 85, both led the league. His .383 batting average was good for second in the league (.384). if that isn't good enough, his OBP was over .460 (.469) and slugging topped out at .795 for a ridiculous OPS of 1.265. This wasn't Chavez' first run in with a Triple Crown. In 2012, as a member of the Prescott Montezuma Federals, he batted .430 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI in 39 games leading the Freedom Professional Baseball League in each category.

Those numbers were completed in only 66 games. Can you imagine if he played the entire 78 games? Chavez, who has two years of Indy ball under his belt, which also includes a breif stint with the San Francisco Giants' Augusta GreenJackets, caught the eye of the San DIego Padres organization. The Padres signed Chavez prior to the end of the Pacific Association season, becoming the first Association player to sign with a MLB club. In 15 games with the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Advanced A affiliate of the Padres, he kept the hit parade going batting .293 with three home runs and eight RBI.

What Chavez has done to put the Association on the map is incredible. His season was historic. All the praise is well deserved.

“What Matt accomplished this season was absolutely incredible,” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro. “He put together the best offensive season not only in Pacific Association history, but also one of the best ever in the history of minor league baseball, independent or affiliated, and potentially even all of professional baseball.  We’re very proud of what he achieved in helping us win our third championship and in being the first player from the league to move up to affiliated ball.”

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

 

Atlantic League welcomes newest team: New Britain Bees

11/10/2015 7:42 AM - Devo

Come the beginning of 2016 season, the Atlantic League will welcome its newest franchise. The ATL introduced the New Britain Bees to the world late last week. New Britain City Hall was the venue for the team name unveiling. In attendance were some of the league's heave hitters; New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, newly named Team Special Advisor Bill Dowling, Principal Owner Frank Boulton, Partner/Advisor Michael Pfaffand Atlantic League Executive Director Joe Klein.

New Indy ball teams do have an interesting track record. Very reminiscent of restaurants; Here to today gone tomorrow, however in this instance, the Bees might just be in the perfect spot. The Bees are joining a premier league where teams frequently average over 5,000 fans per game. In addition to solid numbers through the turnstile, the ATL has a 19-year history of putting a product on the field where fans can witness Major League calibre players on a daily basis. According to the ATL website, nearly 40 percent of their players have MLB experience and more than 700 players have went on and signed contracts with MLB organizations.

"Over 100 players have been transferred to MLB. Further, the league has averaged more than 50 player contract sales to MLB organizations annually in each of the last five seasons (53 in 2015) including Rich Hill of the Boston Red Sox. In addition, approximately 50 former Atlantic League players and coaches are now managers/coaches in MLB organizations, including the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin (Atlantic City Surf, 2005)."

The 2016 season is still months away, but you can guarantee that New Britain will put a solid product on the field. With the recent departure of the New Britain Rock Cats as an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and now an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, the fans will be looking for a new beginning. With an established fan base looking for their summer ritual, the Bees could be positioned for instant success.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

Miami Marlins take notice of Frontier League MVP Taylor Ard

11/03/2015 6:20 AM - Devo

The Miami Marlins have signed 2015 Frontier League MVP Taylor Ard after an astonishing breakout season. Ard, who was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Washington State, had the season every minor league hopeful dreams of.

 2014 saw Ard make his independent league debut appearing in 50 games from the River City Rascals. He was named an All-Star starter for the West Division after batting .338 with nine home runs and driving in 33. He was promptly signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks during the All-Star weekend. The Diamondbacks released him at the end of the 2014 season despite batting over .300 in three different minor league levels. Once again with the Rascals at the beginning of 2015, the newest Marlin had a season to remember, and one that brought him back into the eyes of scouts everywhere. Ard dominated Frontier League pitching for the entire season leading the league in home runs (30), RBI (83), doubles (29) and came in second with a Ruthian OPS of 1.031. 

There is no doubt that at 25 years old Ard is in his prime years. Getting ample playing time will continue to his improvement and come the beginning of 2016, will get another chance to prove he can repeat what he did with the Rascals. 30 big flies and second consecutive All-Star appearance is no fluke. He's a professional who just made and entire organization take notice.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

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