UFC 171 fight card primer: Myles Jury vs Diego Sanchez

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler in our fight card primer series. Here we look at Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez, live on PPV.

In an exciting fight at UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler, Diego Sanchez (24-6 MMA; 13-6 UFC) squares off with Myles Jury (13-0 MMA; 4-0 UFC). This three round Lightweight fight is third on the UFC 171 PPV main card. The UFC Rankings have Sanchez as the #15 Lightweight contender, with Jury unranked. UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler airs this Saturday, March 15 with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT for the PPV main card.

Fascinating match-up here between two generations of The Ultimate Fighter. On one side, you have the first ever TUF winner, Diego Sanchez, who is now winding down his lengthy UFC career. On the other side, Myles Jury, who appeared on season 15 and has been very impressive in his UFC run since the show. This is your classic old guard vs new guard match-up, with veteran Sanchez looking to keep the rising Jury at bay. For his part, Jury will try to make his name off of Diego. The result should be a great fight.

How do these two stack up?

Sanchez: 32 years old | 5'10" | 72" reach
Jury: 25 years old | 5'11" | 73" reach

What have these two done recently?

Sanchez: L - Gilbert Melendez (UD) | W - Takanori Gomi (SD) | L - Jake Ellenberger (UD)
Jury: W - Mike Ricci (SD) | W - Ramsey Nijem (KO) | W - Michael Johnson (UD)

How did these two get here?

Diego "The Dream" Sanchez has been an active UFC fighter for 9 years now. At this point, he's the last man standing from that TUF 1 cast that included the likes of Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Chris Leben, Kenny Florian, Josh Koscheck, and many more. Always a thrilling fighter, Diego has never managed to take UFC gold, and has struggled to consistently win recently. But his last fight, a Fight of the Year loss to Gilbert Melendez, showed that, win or lose, there is still a lot of fight left in The Dream. He's again at Lightweight here after his yo-yo-ing between 155 and 170 in recent years.

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Myles Jury was one of the better prospects heading into TUF 15, but an early loss to eventual finalist Al Iaquinta caused many to dismiss his chances in the UFC. He's proven them wrong, keeping his undefeated run alive with 4 straight UFC wins. This is a big step up for Jury, but he has been in there with some tough competition, and he has found success. A well rounded fighter, Jury is potentially on the verge of the top 10, or on the verge of being sent back to the prelims. This is, by far, the biggest fight of his career.

Why should you care?

I'm excited to see how Jury deals with this step up, and Diego fights are always great. It's a win-win.

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