Myles “Fury” Jury is ranked 14th in the world in the ridiculously talented riddled UFC Featherweight division. With nine fights under his belt in the UFC and 18 professional fights to his credit, Jury is only beginning to reach his peak.
Jury began his UFC journey on The Ultimate Fighter 13 but a torn ACL cost him over a year. He came back on TUF 15 where he earned a spot on the house en route to a first-round submission of Chris Saunders.
Since, Jury has seen the best the sport has to offer, but has also dealt with losses that could cripple careers. Jury has the mindset and fortitude to take what’s given to him and makes it better.
Coming off a huge first-round finish in his last fight in April at UFC 210, he steps back in the octagon December 30 to begin that trek to his first UFC title.
The GMs Perspective: Myles, been a long time since we last spoke! So let's get right to the point, December 30th you face off against Rick Glenn, the former World Series of Fighting Champion (WSOF) in Las Vegas at UFC 219 on a card featuring Dominick Cruz and Carlos Condit.
What can the fans expect after you dominated your last fight against Mike De La Torre?
Myles "Fury" Jury: They can expect me coming in shape and ready to rock like always. I’m motivated. I’m in a good place right now mentally and physically and I’m excited. This is another great opportunity to go out there and make a name for myself and whoop ass.
GMs: In a previous interview, you said your time training at Tristar Gym was a short-term stay. What was that experience like and have you been back or plan to go back before December 30.
MJ: Solid, they have a very good training program. I went back probably about four or five months ago, but will not be there while training for this fight. I’m actually back with Alliance MMA and my full training camp will be there in San Diego.
GMs: You have fought the best in the world, have trained with the some of the best teams and best fighters, but I don’t think people grasp the mental strength you need to do this.
Prior to De La Torre, you came off two losses and that can be debilitating to a lot of people considering the success you’ve had in your career. How do you regroup and tell yourself that this was just a roadblock on the way to something bigger?
MJ: Taking it day by day. Each day I wake up and I try to do one thing that will bring me closer to my goal. Whether it’s training, dieting, or becoming more mentally strong to the grueling nature of this business. I have to have faith in the whole process and faith in where I’m going. If you have faith and believe in what you’re doing, you’ll do great in this sport.
GMs: Swagger, attitude, and confidence is huge in sports in general. We’ve talked many times, but it seems like this a different Myles Jury in and out of the octagon? Is that a correct assumption?
MJ: Yeah for sure. I’m always growing and changing. With a lot of the stuff I’ve gone through in my past and all the challenges I’ve been through, it all makes me stronger. My confidence is sky high and my motivation is stronger than ever. I’m definitely not the same fighter I was even a year ago.
GMs: You’re very humble. And while this is a sport where trashing talking and demeaning your opponent is good for your brand and your future, you are always very gracious to your opponents regardless of the outcome and always very complimentary to your team and the process that goes along with a camp and the lead in to the fight.
You never hesitate to give a shout out to those like Jeremy Stephens, someone that’s been with you since the beginning. What’s it like knowing that at any given time you have the support of someone who’s done it more than once and has seen everything this sport has to offer?
MJ: It’s awesome and helps me separate what’s real and what’s fake. I got real people around me; a real team, real friends, my family, and my son. I have a great support group and it allows me to be myself. No matter what happens in the fight, I’m good to go. This is all a true blessing.
GMs: Sum up Myles Jury as a man, a father and as a fighter…
MJ: Perseverance. Never letting anything stop you from your dreams and your goals. I want to be the best father I can be. I want to be the best man I can be. I want to be the best fighter I can be.
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