Myles Jury is out for respect at UFC 182. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
At UFC 182, Myles Jury will put his unbeaten record on the line against Donald Cerrone in hopes of getting one step closer to putting his name in the mix for the lightweight title.
Cerrone, however, doesn’t believe Jury is truly undefeated. Recently, “Cowboy” pointed to Jury’s split-decision loss to Al Iaquinta on Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter” as an obvious blemish. Of course, because “TUF” fights are labeled as exhibitions, they technically don’t count on a fighter’s record.
So Cerrone doesn’t consider Jury to be undefeated. What does the man himself think?
“I mean, technically I’m undefeated,” Jury said with a shrug at the UFC 182 open workouts at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “But if you want to count exhibition matches like ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, I’m not. But I feel like I’ve got the best of both worlds because I know what its like to lose and have to come back from that.”
It doesn’t seem that Jury really knows what to make of it either. What he does know is that despite his record, he is completely overlooked in the lightweight division.
“I don’t know if I’m underestimated, but I feel like none of my opponents really respect me,” Jury explained. “I definitely feel like all my opponents think they can smoke me in the cage.”
Obviously, Jury doesn’t plan on being a crash test dummy for Cerrone to tee off on at UFC 182. He has impressed in his past couple of fights with a scintillating knockout of Takanori Gomi and an utter domination of Diego Sanchez. But neither of those fighters are the caliber of Cowboy. Recognizing the opportunity in front of him, the 26-year-old figures that a victory will likely pull him from the pits of obscurity and garner him more recognition both in and out of the Octagon.
“I want the opportunity to become a household name,” Jury says. “He has a household name because he has fought pretty much everyone. Hopefully [after I beat him], I’ll get the Cowboy’s type of respect.”
Maybe then the debate regarding Jury’s record can be put to rest.