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Myles Jury changes camps, drops to featherweight division

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The already stacked UFC featherweight division just added another contender to its mix, as top-10 ranked lightweight Myles Jury announced Monday that he is dropping down to 145 pounds.

Jury (15-1) is currently the No. 8 ranked 155-pounder in the UFC. He joined the promotion in 2012 following a stint on The Ultimate Fighter 15 and quickly found success, winning his first six fights inside the Octagon. His run included decision victories over Michael Johnson and Diego Sanchez, as well as a blistering knockout of Pride legend Takanori Gomi.

Jury, 26, parlayed that momentum into a shot at title contention at UFC 182, but ultimately saw his streak end with a crushing defeat at the hands of Donald Cerrone. He hasn't competed since, having withdrawn from a scheduled bout against former UFC champion Anthony Pettis in May due to injury.

Jury is expected to return to action later this year, and when he does so, his weight won't be the only thing different.

Along with his drop down to featherweight, the native Californian also announced a switch in camps from San Diego's Alliance MMA to Gilbert, AZ's Power MMA.

Jury is expected to make the transition to Arizona along with former Bellator champion Michael ChandlerJohnny CaseJustin Lawrence, and Luis Saldana.

Power MMA is led by a trio of former Arizona State University standout wrestlers -- ranked UFC fighters Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway, and retired UFC veteran Aaron Simpson. With their help, Jury hopes to make a mark on a weight class that is already flush with rising contenders.