As you likely know, Jury needed less than two minutes to finish Takanori Gomi today in Saitama, as he blasted the latter with a hard right cross and then finished the fight with follow up punches. The victory was Jury’s sixth straight in the UFC, after he was eliminated from TUF 15 by Al Iaquinta (which isn’t reflected on his official MMA record).
So, when you consider the run Jury is on, and that he’s currently ranked #9, it’s not surprising to hear “Fury” talking about title shots…While speaking to the press after UFC FN 52, the fighter reportedly stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I really do not pay attention to any of the rankings,” Jury said. “It’s cool that apparently I’m ranked now and stuff, but I feel like if I just keep doing the right things right and taking fights and getting better as a martial artist, they can’t deny me for the title forever.”
Yes, there’s no question the 25 year-old Jury is one of the promotion’s fastest rising 155’ers, especially when you consider he’s defeated established vets in Gomi and Diego Sanchez in recent months.
In addition to those victories, the Alliance MMA fighter has scored wins over Chris Saunders, Michael Johnson, Ramsey Nijem and Michael Johnson.
Although most would agree Gomi’s best days are behind him, there’s no question the former PRIDE champ still has fearsome stopping power. Gomi had also gone 3-1 in his last 4 scraps before facing Jury (really, 4-0, as most people had him defeating Sanchez last March), and he’s still a considerable draw, particularly in Japan.
“(Gomi) was 3-1 in his past four fights, and he’s always dangerous,” added Jury, who also noted that a win over a star like “The Fireball Kid” is good for his “name” and “brand”. “So even if the people and the critics don’t move me up the ranks or whatever, I still think for a personal victory, it’s really good for my confidence, and I’ll be even better for the next fight.”
Now it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Jury up next. How about Mr. Bobby Green? He’s been looking for a fight lately…Or how about Josh Thomson?
UFC FN 52 was hosted by the Saitama Super Arena and also featured Mark Hunt stopping fellow, heavyweight contender Roy Nelson in round two.