It’s hard to argue that UFC 165 this Saturday isn’t loaded, as not only will it feature two title fights, but the main card will also include Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub. In addition, there are several great bouts scheduled for the prelims, including a scrap between rising lightweights Mike Ricci and Myles Jury.
Although Ricci (8-3) is just one victory removed from a UD loss to Colton Smith in his official UFC debut, the bout determined the winner of TUF 12 and was contested at welterweight. Jury, on the other hand, has gone 10-0 since turning pro and has won three straight bouts in the Octagon. Most recently, the TUF vet knocked out Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 7 in April, after earning a UD victory over Michael Johnson in December.
Recently RM Sports caught up with the Alliance MMA fighter, and talked to Jury about his upcoming bout with Ricci. Here is some of what the 24 year-old had to about the Tristar fighter (as told to RM Sports and posted originally on FightLine):
“Mike Ricci’s best skill set I would say is he’s well rounded. He’s good standing up, he’s good on the ground, and he’s a pretty solid wrestler too, and he comes from a great camp. So, I’ve got to be better than him everywhere.”
“My best skill set is that I’m well rounded too. Not only am I good at striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu, I blend them well together. I come from a better team. I come from Alliance. I think it’s the best MMA team in the world. So, I feel like I’m better all around than him.”
It’s a big fight for both men, as the winner will likely move on to fight a well established UFC vet.
UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and will feature light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones taking on Alexander Gustafsson in the main event.
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