One of the many ‘can’t miss’ bouts that’s set for UFC 165 this Saturday is the lightweight scrap between TUF vets Myles Jury and Mike Ricci. The 24 year-old Jury has won all three of his official UFC bouts to move his overall record to 12-0, and is coming off an eyebrow raising KO of Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 7 in April.
The 27 year-old Ricci (8-3), meanwhile, scored a UD victory over Colin Fletcher at UFC 158 in March, after dropping the TUF 16 Finale to welterweight Colton Smith in December. So, a win for either man could be a big statement in terms of where they’re headed in the UFC lightweight division.
RM Sports recently caught up with Jury, and spoke with the emerging fighter about his UFC 165 bout as well as his career. Yesterday we posted a clip of Jury talking about Ricci and what he brings to the cage, and the video above features the lightweight recalling his first MMA scrap. Here is some of what the Alliance MMA fighter had to say about the experience.
“My first fight was actually in St. Louis. My first real fight, I fought in a couple of kickboxing gyms, stuff like that, but my first real, traveling out of the state to fight someone from a different state, you know, the whole get a good amateur versus a good amateur, I fought a guy from Miletich and I don’t know. I was young, but I was really excited. I wasn’t even worried about the result.”
“I of course wanted to win, and I trained really hard, but I was more excited to just get out there and feel that feeling of being a fighter. Get that feeling of just going out there and getting the feeling of fighting in front of everybody…Putting the skills that I practiced all the time, put them into play.”
You can watch the entire segment above. Saturday’s Jury-Ricci tilt should be a good one. UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and will feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones taking on Alexander Gustafsson.
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