This is the UFC 171 live blog for Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Sanchez, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Jury, who has yet to lose in his career (13-0), on the main card.
Check out the UFC 171 live blog below.
Round 1: Kerry Hatley the third man. Here we go, Sanchez, the veteran, and Jury the upstart. Front kick missed from Jury, and Sanchez wheels around. He tries a spinning kick, and Jury slams a right hand home. Sanchez waves him on. Nice little scowl on Diego's face. Sanchez comes in with a leg kick, and Jury bobbing and weaving comes in high with a kick that misses. Now Sanchez lunges in winging punches in the vintage way, and caught Jury with at least one shot, a couple of the others grazing Jury's arms. Jury ties him up, and they go to fence, Sanchez posting Jury up. Jury with a whizzer, and spins Sanchez out to center and they reset. As Sanchez tries a kick, Jury counters with a right. Sanchez revs up and comes forward again, but Jury steps out of the way. Sanchez egging Jury on with his fingers. Sanchez moves in, gritting his teeth and throwing, and Jury spins out again. Sanchez trying to engage a brawl, but Jury not having it. Elusiveness so far from Jury. He catches Sanchez with a head kick there, and then wheels around. No follow up. Jury shoots in and takes Sanchez down. Momentarily Sanchez goes for a heel hook, but nothing doing. Jury grabs his back and mows to center, and that's where the round ends. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Jury, 10-9.
Round 2: Jury puts his shoulders down and looks for an opening. Nothing there, so resets. Sanchez threatens to rush forward, but this time doesn't...not yet. Now he does, and he lands a couple of shots on the move in. Huge elbow from Jury stung Sanchez good, and he immediately wiped his brow looking for blood. Indeed, the blood is quick to follow. Jury cool in there, poised, continues to allow Sanchez to move in and punish his aggression. Blood now a scene on Sanchez. Jury changing levels, and now avoids another surge from Sanchez who slams home a right on the break. Kick from Jury lands. As Sanchez moves in this time he gets caught with a swooping uppercut; Sanchez shakes it off and continues to push forward. Good body kick from Sanchez lands. He comes in again, left to overhand right, but catches arms and retreating shoulders. Jury sees his opening and shoots through Sanchez's waste, drops him near center onto his back. Sanchez snatches a guillotine attempt, and he's squeezing boldly. He's torquing it, and just as it looks like it might be something, Jury throws his thumb up to indicate he's fine. Jury finally pops out, and they roll back to the feet. Sanchez bites down on his mouthpiece and looks for another assault. He lands another good body kick, but he's a bloody mess at the end of the round. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Jury, 10-9 (20-18 overall for Jury)
Round 3: Sanchez likely needing a finish to win this. He hunches in and looks for the opening. Jury waving the jab out there, still the composed fighter who entered the fight. He's been picking his shots. Sanchez moves in again, and this time in his charge he lands a nice one-two right into the grill of Jury. Jury able to shake it off, though, and return to center. Good jab to overhand right by Jury, caught Sanchez leaning in. Another ineffectual rush by Sanchez, he punches air. Jury on his bike, wheels around and changed levels. He's being selective on offense, and he's taking what Sanchez gives. Good body kick from Sanchez once again. Sanchez lowers and throws a right then leads to a body kick. Jury with his hands low, but really seeing everything coming from Sanchez a mile away. With two minutes to go, Jury ties Sanchez up center cage and they waltz to the fence, Sanchez wide and upright. Jury forcing bullishly, but now lets go and they reset. Flying knee there from Jury, didn't land flush. Jury takes Sanchez down with a little over a minute to go and attempts to pass. Sanchez fending, and as Jury stands with the pressure still on, Sanchez tries some upkicks. Jury jumps into the guard, and Sanchez flailing for subs. Ain't going to happen. Jury and Sanchez stand, and after a late guillotine attempt, it's over. The 25-year old Jury should have this one easy. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Jury, 10-9 (30-27 overall)
UFC 171 official results: Myles Jury def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)