This coming weekend is UFC 171, and it is headlined by the historic post’Georges St Pierre filling of the welterweight championship as Johny Hendricks faces off agaisnt Robbie Lawlor. The main card is heavy on welterweights, so the Lightweight bout between Myles Jury and Diego Sanchez has been under the radar. Right now, Jury is favored at (-155) with the return on Diego Sanchez sitting at (+125).
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Once upon a time, Diego Sanchez was the young gun climbing the rankings in the UFC, but time marches on. Now, Sanchez is more like the veteran gatekeeper to the top of the rankings, and he is a good fit for that role – he is a gritty guy who takes fighting seriously and has a history of getting into wars with some of the best fighters on the UFC roster.
At 13-0 as a pro with an undefeated amateur record as well, the top of the division is where Myles Jury wants to be. He is 25 years old and he is 4-0 in the UFC´s octagon so he has been coming along and appears ready for a jump in competition.
Sanchez is 1-2 in his last 3 outings, but one loss is to Jake Ellenberger at 170 lbs, he earned a SD win over Takanori Gomi and he went to war in a loss to Gilbert Melendez. It is safe to say that the level of competiton and what he is used to facing in the octagon is heavily slanted in favor of Sanchez.
We will find out a lot about Myles Jury in this fight. If he is able to finish Sanchez in some way, he will match a feet only accomlppished by BJ Penn, and that is stopping Sanchez.
Sanchez really does need a win, as he is 3-4 in his last 7 bouts, and despite a reputation for making exciting fights, he is far from the title picture and cannot let a fighter like Jury jump him in the rankings. Though he has lost, he has lost to top people and a loss to Jury would signal a slide further down the UFC pecking order.