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Former UFC lightweight contender Myles Jury drops to 145, parts ways with Alliance MMA

"Fury" aims to start fresh in the featherweight division, with the help of new training partners and coaches.

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Since Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Myles Jury's undefeated streak was snapped by current No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone back in January, the 26-year-old phenom has trashed the exclusive apparel provider of UFC and pulled out of a fight with former 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis.

Now, he's turning over a completely new leaf.

"Fury" will now call the featherweight division home, though an opponent has yet to be determined. He will also be making the move from Alliance MMA in California to Power MMA in Arizona, for what he deemed "top-level coaching."

"We just wanted to get more hands-on coaching," Jury told MMA Fighting's Marc Raimondi. "We needed coaches that were a little more proactive. We're fighting in the toughest organization in the world and we just started looking around for training camps and for the coaching we needed."

Jury, who sports a 15-1 record, drops down a weight class after previously fighting at lightweight for the last seven years. His record is bolstered by wins over names like Michael Johnson, Diego Sanchez, and Takanori Gomi.

Leaving behind a division in which he had past success in is tough, but he will be doing so with an equally-talented pool of fighters in Power MMA. The Arizona-based gym boasts accomplished wrestlers like Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway on its roster, with former NCAA Division-I wrestler and UFC fighter Aaron Simpson heading the coaching duties.

One of the main factors for the switch, according to Jury, was the amount of time his last head coach Eric Del Fierro was able to dedicate to him.

"[Del Fierro has] gotta commit to a 40-hour-a-week job and I need somebody that's there with me every day," said Jury. "He's gotta work around his work schedule. At the end of the day, it does kind of affect it. It's less attention he can give to the fighters."

However, his decision was not based off animosity.

"It's just what I need as an athlete, they really couldn't provide it for me. Me and Eric left on good terms," Jury said.

Jury is one of the brightest young stars of UFC and will start fresh in a new division for the first time in his career. He appears to be getting acclimated with Simpson and others, while he works his way back from injury.

When Jury's eventual 145-pound debut is announced, he could be standing opposite a few recognizable names. Nik Lentz and Clay Guida come to mind as possible welcoming parties for Jury.

Regardless of who it may be, one thing is for certain: His training camp will not be taking a hit.

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