Jury isn’t quite on the same page.
Mendes is spring-loaded after a two-plus year layoff due to a USADA suspension. For Jury, it’s just another engagement. A favorable one, to be sure, but not a potentially life-changing event.
“I just feel like it’s another opportunity for me to go up a level,” Jury (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of his FS1-televised main-card showdown with Mendes (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 133, which takes place Saturday at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
There’s a reason Jury chooses a practical outlook over one in which every fight is the gateway to a title shot. He’s been around long enough to see how things really work.
“Any win in the UFC is good,” he continued. “I don’t have any control over what this is going to do for me; it’s all on the UFC. They do what they want.
“The only thing I can do is do the best performance I can, and when I do that, good things are going to happen.”
For Jury, getting in the cage and having a good performance is enough of a goal. What happens next in his career is not something he can control, so he might as well refrain from twisting himself in knots about it.
“I’m not going to sit here and bitch about stuff,” he said. “Me and the UFC are on cool terms right now, and I don’t have anything bad to say against them. We’re going to take it one fight at a time, and we’ll see what happens after.”
In reality, Jury is still building momentum after a two-fight slide that ended a 15-0 start to his career. Wins over Mike De La Torre and Rick Glenn put him back on the right track. They didn’t necessarily get him closer to a title shot.
A win over Mendes, a three-time UFC title challenger, might change his career trajectory. It would be the biggest name on Jury’s resume, and it would be his third straight win in a fight against a well-experienced, world-class competitor who seeks redemption.
It’s not an easy task. All Jury needs to do is have the fight of his life. Better not to mess that up by putting too much pressure on himself.
“I need to fight the fight that I know I’m capable of doing, and that’s it,” Jury said. “It’s simple. It’s just so simple.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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