September 30 is Myles Jury day in the lightweight’s home town of Hazel Park, Michigan. That’s something few fighters can relate to — and even Jury remains a little taken aback by the honor.
“That’s a trip, even when people still say that. Yeah man, Myles Jury Day September 30th, how cool is that?” exclaimed Jury during this week’s Bellator 261 virtual media day. “I think I’ll be back in town, and looking forward to it.”
First, of course, there’s a fight ahead. This Friday night, Jury will look to make it three wins in a row, against his latest opponent, the well-travelled Sidney Outlaw.
Earlier this week, Outlaw told Cageside Press that he felt the fight with Jury could be a main event itself.
“It’s definitely a perspective to look at it. You can definitely make a case that this could be a main event,” said Jury, in agreement with the notion. “Both guys, what we bring to the table. My credibility alone, I feel like when you match up resumes, who people fought, names, all across the board, in Bellator, definitely I have a bigger name than a lot of these guys.”
A win for Jury at Bellator 261 puts him in an interesting spot. Currently ranked fourth at lightweight, Jury sits behind Goiti Yamauchi, Benson Henderson, and Patricky Pitbull. Patricky’s not about to fight his own brother, and Henderson has dropped two straight. Yamauchi had a three-fight win streak snapped in April, leaving Jury as a front-runner in the title race.
Only one problem: Patricio Pitbull remains tied up in the featherweight grand prix.
“I try and focus on stuff I can control in this game, and believe it or not, there’s just a small portion that I can control,” replied Jury when asked if there was any frustration on his part due to the murky title picture. “I don’t know what Scott [Coker] wants to do, what Bellator wants to do, Pitbull, all these other guys. So I’m just focused on what’s in front of me. I feel like I want to go out there and have a good performance, I’m coming in prepared to do that. If all the stars align after this fight and I can get a title shot, that would be a beautiful thing.”
Myles Jury fights Sidney Outlaw this Friday at Bellator 261. The event airs live on Showtime in the U.S., following prelims right here on Cageside Press.