Bellator 243: Myles Jury Open to Number One Contender’s Bout, Criticizes MMA Judges’ Lack of Qualifications

Uncasville, CT — Myles Jury made it two in a row on Friday at Bellator 243.

“I felt great tonight. I felt like I beat him three rounds,” the lightweight stated following the bout, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press. Jury took home a unanimous decision against the always gritty Georgi Karakhanyan. “Being in Bellator, I fought the number one contender, Benson [Henderson], close fight, could have gone my way. I beat a top ten guy in Brandon Girtz my next fight. Now I beat someone tough, top ten, top fifteen, too in here [tonight, against Georgi Karakhanyan].”

Jury now hopes to stick around the promotion’s 155lb weight class. And stick around in the promotion period. “I have one more fight left in Bellator on my contract, so hopefully Bellator and my manager can work something out, because I feel like I fit perfecting in the 155lb division.”

When it comes to who is next, Jury would love a shot at gold, having put together two straight wins now. “My ideal opponent? Would be Pitbull. He’s the champ. Who else is left in the division? You have [Michael] Chandler and Benson tonight,” he pointed out. “We’ll see if Chandler stays, I hear he’s a free agent after this. Maybe a number one contender’s fight? Then again, I beat a top ten guy, beat a veteran of a sport, I’ve already fought the number one contender [Henderson] in a very close fight with him. What more does Bellator want?”

When it came time for the scores to be read, Jury admitted that he was “praying to God.”

“I know I worked hard for it, I know won every second of the victory. You don’t even know with the judges, man,” he observed. Because, when it comes down to it, in this sport, “they don’t even have any qualifications, man. They don’t even have ex-MMA fighters, judges [don’t] need to have courses on jiu-jitsu, wrestling, cage work. It’s just some dude who knows the athletic commission and judged boxing fights.”

Watch the full Bellator 243 post-fight press conference with Myles Jury above.