One of the most exciting pivotal lightweights bouts in recent memory has been announced to take place for the UFC’s fight night in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Myles ‘Fury’ Jury will take on Abel Trujillo in what is, without a doubt, a fight to determine the next potential superstar in the lightweight division. Both fighters are lightweight standouts who have fought up through the ranks, rising from debuting fighters to prospects to legitimate contenders. It’s not often, these days, to see two fighters simultaneously rise through the ranks only to meet in the cage to steal the other’s momentum.
Both fighter’s recent wins are their biggest to date. Jury dominated top 15 lightweight, Diego Sanchez, at UFC 171. Jury used his length and range to easily outpoint Sanchez, busting up both his face and his ego in the process. Trujillo has an equally impressive win when he stopped former WEC champion, Jamie Varner, via KO in the first round at UFC 169. Trujillo is the kind of fighter whose physicality is sending him to the top of the division, quickly. Varner hurt Trujillo in their fight, however, after getting into several sloppy exchanges, hoping to finish Trujillo, Trujillo dug his feet into the canvas and winged a dynamite hook that sent Varner crashing face down to the mat, sleeping.
What makes this fight as interesting as it is, is not only that it determines the fate of one young fighter, but it is a stylistic matchup that has been seen hundreds, if not thousands, of times before. Trujillo’s power and explosiveness vs. Jury’s technique and accuracy. The age of question of who can put his hands on the other first. Will Trujillo walk through Jury’s straight, stiff, punches and land his big hook or will Jury be able to replicate his performance against Sanchez and walk away relatively unscathed and ready for the big time?
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