Myles Jury has returned to mixed martial arts. Thursday, ESPN reported that the veteran of 12 UFC fights would sign a contract with rival promotion Bellator MMA.
Jury has not fought in an MMA match since the inaugural UFC on ESPN card in Phoenix, AZ on Feb. 17.
That night, Jury battled to a unanimous decision loss against Andre Fili for his second consecutive defeat.
The exact length of Jury’s contract with Bellator was not disclosed.
Fury, who competed as a Featherweight and a Lightweight during his tenure in the UFC, will fight in Bellator MMA as a Lightweight.
Jury’s early career:
Myles Jury’s professional mixed martial arts career began in February of 2008 when, after a seven-fight winning streak in the amateur ranks, he scored a first-round knockout of Brad Johnson via a head kick, just 12 seconds into the fight during a Michigan Fight League card.
He followed that up with six straight victories by stoppage (three by TKO, three by submission) in the King of the Cage promotion, where four of his amateur wins came.
After, Jury scored a first-round TKO against David Herlein in XCC: Rumble in Royal Oak 5 in January of 2010.
He returned to King of the Cage for his ninth career fight, a first-round submission victory with a rear-naked choke vs. Sam Oropeza that September.
Jury joins the UFC:
Riding a nine-fight winning streak, Jury appeared during the 2012 live season of The Ultimate Fighter television program, going 1-1 on the show.
Jury’s UFC promotional debut occurred during the June 1, 2012 finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Live, when he submitted Chris Saunders in the first round of a prelim on the late FUEL TV (guillotine choke).
This was the first in a five-fight winning streak for Jury.
On Jan. 3, 2015 during UFC 182, he suffered his first professional defeat across all competitions, a unanimous decision to Donald Cerrone.
Jury would go 2-3 in the rest of his UFC tenure.
No date or opponent for Myles Fury’s Bellator MMA debut has been set at this time, but we’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Myles Jury will meet Benson Henderson in the main event of Bellator 227 in Dublin on Sept. 27.
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