But where the spirit was willing, the body wasn't able. The undefeated Jury picked the veteran Sanchez apart for 15 minutes at UFC 171, scoring a unanimous decision in their lightweight fight at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The judges' scores were 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
"I don't want to sound cocky, but I beat him so easily," Jury said. "I've been watching Diego for so long, he's a household name and a warrior and has the biggest heart in the UFC. That was the thing I was most worried about."
Sanchez did his best to goad Jury into a brawl early, but the 25-year old San Diego resident was having none of it. He was content to counter strike and land big shots. With the round well in hand, Jury added a takedown for emphasis.
Jury landed a huge elbow in round two, which made Sanchez's already bloody face even bloodier. Sanchez went for a heel hook after the fight hit the ground, to no avail.
The crowd anticipated Sanchez would come out flying for one of his classic finals rounds, but Jury put a damped on things by continuing to methodically pick Sanchez apart until the final horn.
The Alliance MMA product improved to 14-0 on his career; Sanchez (24-7) lost for the third time in four fights.