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UFC 171: Myles Jury Still Perfect After Picking Diego Sanchez Apart

Myles Jury expected a three-round war with Diego Sanchez at UFC 171 Saturday night.

Instead, Jury walked out of the Octagon with an easy – at least in his words – win over the former winner of The Ultimate Fighter.

Jury (14-0) is now tied with a host of others with five straight victories at lightweight. He has downed the likes of Sanchez, Mike Ricci and Michael Johnson.

“Not to sound cocky, but just beating him so easily (surprised me),” Jury said. “Not sounding cocky. He is a household name, a warrior and I feel he has the biggest heart in the UFC.”

Using his precision striking, Jury “gave him a pretty good beating” through the first round, cutting up Sanchez with a right-hand. The TUF alum continued to get the better of Sanchez on the feet, and also scored a handful of takedowns.

“I am a technical fighter, but I always have my heart as a backup,” he said. “I work hard in the gym with Alliance MMA.”

Johny Hendricks: Deciding Contenders Is Above My Pay Grade

New UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks endeared himself to Chael Sonnen Saturday night after UFC 171.

Hendricks picked up the belt with a decision victory over Robbie Lawler in the main event, moving to the top of the pecking order.

With the likes of Tyron Woodley, Hector Lombard, Rory MacDonald and maybe even Georges St-Pierre chasing after him now, Sonnen asked “Bigg Rigg” who he wants next.

“I don’t care,” he said, during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 2. “It’s above my pay grade (to decide that).”

Hendricks was heckled by Nick Diaz during his weigh-in attempt Friday after missing 170 pounds on his first attempt. Diaz, a former contender, was in attendance in Dallas.

“It’s not my job (to determine the contender),” he added.

UFC 171: Kelvin Gastelum Overcomes Weight Issues, Rick Story To Serve Notice

It wasn’t easy, but Kelvin Gastelum proved he can take what the welterweight division in the UFC has to offer.

The former Ultimate Fighter winner improved to 8-0 with a decision victory over Rick Story Saturday night at UFC 171, and did so while dealing with adversity.

First, Gastelum missed weight upon initially hitting the scales Friday. He retreated to the back and cut down the necessary pounds to keep from surrendering any of his fight purse, but looked worn out after doing so.

The 22-year-old appeared well on his way to picking up another first round victory over Story, rocking the veteran early. However, Story showed his experience, coming back in the second.

For Gastelum, a fight like this was the perfect measuring tool for showing he is here to stay.

His story has been well-told, as Gastelum was the final pick on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen by Chael Sonnnen. He entered an underdog, and left still one after upsetting Uriah Hall in the finals.

Gastelum, though, has shown his abilities now in wins over Brian Melancon and Story. While still young in age and experience, he is one to watch in the welterweight division.

Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald Is On Line One For You

The UFC is planning to return to Canada with UFC 174 on June 14.

Rory MacDonald sees that as a perfect time to attempt to win the welterweight title and bring it to his native country.

Johny Hendricks downed Robbie Lawler Saturday night at UFC 171, taking the throne that Georges St-Pierre held for years. GSP announced his decision to vacate the belt last December, and his Tristar teammate wants the next shot.

“Who wants to see me fight Johny Hendricks in Vancouver for the UFC welterweight title?” MacDonald posted on Twitter. “Bringing the title back to Canada!!”

MacDonald (16-2) suffered a split decision loss to Lawler last November, but got back on track by downing Demian Maia in February.

 

UFC 171: Ovince St. Preux Chokes Nikita Krylov Out Cold

Ovince St. Preux improved to 12-1 in his last 13 fights with a first round submission victory over Nikita Krylov Saturday night at UFC 171.

After scoring a powerful takedown just moments into the contest, the former Tennessee Volunteer football player continued to work in side control.

That was the exact place OSP (15-5) wanted to be, as he locked up a Von Flue choke that knocked Krylov out.

“I’m calling that ‘Performance of the Night,'” said St. Preux, who is now 3-0 with the UFC. “Anytime I get in that position, I’m going for the Von Flue choke.”

St. Preux hasn’t lost since a 2011 decision to Gegard Mousasi. He was expected to face Thiago Silva on this card before Silva was cut from the UFC after his legal run-in involving his wife.

The loss for Krylov dropped him to 16-4 overall and 1-2 with the UFC.

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