A lightweight showdown between two of the best prospects in the division has been taken off the June 28 card in San Antonio, TX after unbeaten Myles Jury suffered an injury, taking him out of his eagerly awaited fight with Abel Trujillo. It had been rumoured that recent UFC debutant Frank Trevino would be stepping in for Jury, though reports have since confirmed that Abel Trujillo has also been taken off the card after Trevino pulled out.
The nature of Jury and Trevino’s injuries is yet to be confirmed, though Jury’s manager stated that he has only received a setback of around a month.
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani was first to report the news, with FOX Sports’ Damon Martin stating that Trevino – originally scheduled to fight Joe Ellenberger on the card – was lined up to replace Jury, though has been forced to withdraw from the card also. Ellenberger will now face fellow UFC debutant Johnny Case on the preliminary card.
Myles Jury has racked up a 5-0 run inside the Octagon which includes wins over the highly touted Michael Johnson and former title contender Diego Sanchez. This run has led him to the #9 ranking in the division, and at just 25, the future looks bright for ‘Fury’. Though Jury will ultimately be on the sidelines a little while longer due to suffering an injury, his return fight may come against a ranked fighter after putting together an impressive win streak.
Abel Trujllo, meanwhile, took part in one of the best fights of the year in 2013, knocking Jamie Varner out in the second round after receiving a lot of damage and being on the cusp of defeat. Trujllo pulled off the come-from-behind victory and took his UFC record to 3-1 (1 NC), and was hoping to win his third in a row against Myles Jury. Unlike Jury, ‘Killa’ is healthy and ready to get back in the cage, so expect the UFC to book him on an upcoming card shortly.
UFC Fight Night 44 will be headlined by a featherweight five-rounder between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens at AT&T Centre in San Antonio, TX. The card will be a part of UFC’s second ever ‘2 fights 1 night’ venture, after the inaugural night in May.