After an unsuccessful featherweight stint in the UFC, Myles Jury has elected to sign with Bellator and will be moving back to 155 pounds.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani first reported the signing of Myles Jury by Bellator.
Myles Jury was once a top prospect in the lightweight division, starting his career at 15-0 (excluding an exhibition loss on The Ultimate Fighter against Al Iaquinta). A pair of losses derailed that run, then defeats in his last two appearances punched his ticket out of the UFC.
“Fury” needs a fresh start, and he’ll get one not only with a new promotion, but with a return to his natural weight class of lightweight. After going 6-1 in the UFC at 155-pounds, Jury reacted to a loss against Donald Cerrone by dropping to featherweight, where he went 2-3.
The 30-year-old was introduced to the MMA world as a cast member of TUF 15, after an ACL injury ruined his chances two seasons earlier. Jury went 1-1 on the show, dropping a split decision to eventual finalist and current lightweight contender Al Iaquinta in what was named the best fight of the season. The Tristar Gym product holds notable wins over Michael Johnson, Diego Sanchez, and Takanori Gomi.
The focus in Bellator currently is the featherweight division, with the 16-man Grand Prix recently announced. Headlining that bracket is Patricio Pitbull, who currently holds the lightweight belt as well. That means the division is wide open for Jury to make a run and position himself for a title shot upon Pitbull’s return.