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Here's what we learned from the bout.
What we'll remember from this fight
This fight ended in dramatic fashion, and the highlight-reel, overhand-right knockout will be remembered for quite some time, likely because any promo video including Jury will feature that finish.
For the diehards out there, the entertaining first round, featuring a back-and-forth battle on the ground, was a treat to watch as well. It's not too often we get the best of both the striking and grappling worlds in one fight.
What we learned about Jury
This guy has power. Nijem was out on impact and remained out even after his body crashed to the ground. Instead of jolting back to consciousness, Nijem remained unresponsive, eyes wide. Jury's work was done.
We also learned that Jury can take care of these middle-tier lightweights. He's defeated Chris Saunders, Michael Johnson and, now, Nijem, meaning a greater challenge should be heading his way.
What we learned about Nijem
Nijem is a tough lightweight, and who knows if the fight plays out the same way if he doesn't suffer an eye poke just moments before the knockout. And, in the first round, he displayed a well-rounded grappling game, more than competing with his undefeated opponent.
Unfortunately, we also learned his striking game has a ways to go, and he is not yet ready to compete with the division's best. The knockout loss was his second in just five UFC fights. Probably too early to question his chin, but it's worth noting.
What's next for Jury
At 12-0, Jury needs a challenge, and he could find one in former Strikeforce contender Jorge Masvidal, who defeated Tim Means earlier at UFC on Fox 7.
What's next for Nijem
The knockout was vicious, but Nijem is still a very game lightweight with a lot of potential (he's just 25 years old). A fight against the aforementioned Means makes sense, but a rematch with Tony Ferguson would be the best fit.