by Adam Martin
The UFC 165 fight card continues to grow.
A day after the UFC announced the main event of the upcoming UFC 165 PPV card will be a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, the promotion has now added a lightweight bout between Myles Jury and Mike Ricci to the event’s undercard.
MMAFighting.com first reported the bout, which will set the winner up nicely in the UFC lightweight division.
Jury (12-0) is undefeated in his pro mixed martial arts career and is 3-0 overall in the UFC with wins over Ramsey Nijem, Michael Johnson and Chris Saunders. The 24-year-old is one of the main training partners of Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and it’s certainly shown in Jury’s successful run in the Octagon as he looks like a future world champion himself with the way he’s been moving over opponents. With a win over Ricci, expect Jury to get a fight with a top-10 opponent.
Ricci (8-3) made it to the finals of TUF season 16 but ended up losing to Colton Smith in the finale. But he dropped down to lightweight after that fight and he picked up a win over Colin Fletcher at UFC 158 to even his UFC record at 1-1. The 27-year-old is a solid striker but he’s been knocked out before and Jury possesses great power in his hands. As well, he showed in the Smith fight that he has problems on the ground and Jury is an excellent ground fighter. In short, this seems like a bad matchup for Ricci, but at least he’ll have home-field advantage fighting in his native Canada.
UFC 165 takes place September 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Expect more fights to be announced for the event in the coming weeks and months, and expect most of them to feature Canadian fighters.
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