Combat sports is already off to a stacked weekend, as three major events (Bellator, PFL, BKFC) are going down live tonight, Friday, June 25, 2021.
Bellator returned to Uncasville, Connecticut for their 261st event tonight, where Tony Johnson faced Valentin Moldavsky for the interim heavyweight championship in the five-round main event of the evening.
Co-headlining the card was former UFC bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche, who faced Kana Watanabe in a flyweight bout.
The second bout on the main card featured The Ultimate Fighter 13 & 15 veteran Myles Jury, who took on Sidney Outlaw in a lightweight contest.
Jury’s looking to make it three-straight after his defeat to former WEC & UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in his promotional debut, while Outlaw is looking to make it two-straight after his defeat to former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Myles Jury via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:44 of round three
Outlaw comes out looking for the takedown, which Jury is able to stuff initially.
However, after a couple attempts, Outlaw’s able to secure it and immediately takes his back. He has Jury’s back for the rest of the round, all four-plus minutes of it, searching for rear naked chokes and neck cranks.
It is surprising to see round one be this dominant for Outlaw on the mat, though he is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie, because Jury has always had an elite ground game.
The entirety of round two mirrored round one. About 30 seconds in, Outlaw secures another takedown, and again has Jury’s back. Outlaw continues searching for the submission, but Jury is a longtime black belt himself at this point, he’s defending well at the least.
Jury gets his back taken literally ten seconds into round three, and things really aren’t looking great for him at this point. He’s fatigued, he lost the first two rounds badly, and he just doesn’t seem to have an answer for the strength of his opponent.
With about 90 seconds left, Jury gets desperate and stands up in order to try and spike Outlaw on his head. He tries it three times, the third of which allowed Outlaw to sink that arm under Jury’s neck.
Ya know, it’s almost unfortunate how Jury’s career has gone. He was at one point such a bright young prodigy with all the potential in the world, and he just never bloomed into what he was supposed to become.
Nonetheless, he went for it. He knew he was down and he went for it. Much respect to Myles ‘Fury’ Jury, always a fan.
I became a fan of combat sports when I was 12 years old. I was scrolling through the channels and landed upon versus, where WEC was televised. Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver for the second time that night. That’s the first fight I saw, and the fight that got me hooked on the sport. Since then, the sport has grown so rapidly, and my goal is to enlighten everyone on what’s going on in the sport today.