The wheels of the lightweight division keep on churning. And in a division with no shortage of depth and potential up and coming fighters, it's not surprising that occasionally those wheels (Silva and Shelby shaped as they may be) throw a promising young fighter into a bit of a holding pattern. This appears to be what recently minted top 15 fighter Myles Jury is getting with his announced matchup against Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night San Antonio. The UFC announced the bout over Twitter.
It's a great opportunity for Trujillo, maybe not so much for Jury. Jury is just coming off the biggest win of his career, a three round shellacking of a slightly tatty Diego Sanchez. Jury stayed composed and easily outmaneuvered Sanchez's attempts to draw him into a sloppy brawl. It was only the latest in his 14 fight unbeaten streak, one that would feel much more important were it not for a fairly lackluster TUF showing. Still, he's stayed unbeaten through his 5 UFC bouts, a healthy run for any fighter, let alone a lightweight.
Thus, it's not exactly the step up many may have had in mind for Jury when he meets Abel Trujillo in San Antonio on June 28. Trujillo has put together his own nice little two fight win streak, but it's come with some hiccups, most notably an illegal knee against Roger Bowling. He also looked less than spectacular early in his bout against Jamie Varner, before punching a new hole in space time that just happened to pass through Varner's jaw. Essentially he's exactly the kind of athletically gifted brawler to give Jury a high risk, low reward fight.
Still, it's a fight that I'd expect Jury to be able to win, if he can stay busy and hit Trujillo clean. If he gives Trujillo too much space to work, the Blackzilians product has shown that he can be a more technical fighter, at least right until he starts getting roughed up. If nothing else, the fight promises to be entertainment first and foremost.
UFC Fight Night San Antonio takes place on June 28, here's a look at the card as it currently stands.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Cub Swanson
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Colton Smith
Andy Enz vs. Marcelo Guimarães
Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Antonio Braga Neto vs. Clint Hester
Andrew Craig vs. Cezar Ferreira
Luiz Dutra vs. Sean Spencer
Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo