Last month, more than a few eyebrows were raised when Myles Jury, alongside Justin Lawrence, Johnny Case and Michael Chandler announced they were leaving Alliance MMA. According to the team’s head coach, however, it’s part of the biz.
In early August, Jury confirmed that he and the other three fighters had decided to leave San Diego and were heading to Gilbert, Arizona, to train with Power MMA. The latter is also an outstanding gym, but usually you don’t see high profile fighters like Jury and Chandler make the move all at once.
Well, recently Alliance’s head coach Eric Del Fierro spoke to MMA Junkie.com about the departures, and here is some of what he had to say.
“Like anything else, we have tons of fighters here,” Del Fierro said. “We have tons of fighters that change camps. That just happens. It’s part of the sport.
“I’ve been in the sport 15 years. I’m used to it. And sometimes a kid has to find a change – something that might help them.”
Fair enough, and it’s nice to see that this isn’t turning nasty. Del Fierro is widely viewed as one of the top coaches in the game. After all, he has helped develop world class talent like Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Jeremy Stephens, Alexander Gustafsson among others (and Jury, Chandler etc).
Jury also announced that he’s moving to 145 for his next bout, which should be interesting. The decision comes after he dropped a UD loss to lightweight contender Donald Cerrone in January, which was Jury’s first official pro loss. The 26 year-old currently isn’t booked for a fight. Chandler is expected to fight at Bellator 145 on November 6th, but his opponent hasn’t been determined.