Former UFC fighter Myles Jury is now with Bellator MMA, but he did spend a total of six-plus years competing in the UFC.
One huge difference between both promotions according to Jury is that the UFC likes to control their fighters, while Bellator MMA is the opposite.
“For Bellator, the main difference is control,” Jury said to MMA Junkie. “The UFC are control freaks. They like to control everything from what you wear to when you show up to fight week to how you basically present yourself. If you’re saying bad things, you’re going to get cut. Basically, they just love to control. For Bellator it’s a little more relaxed. They let you come in and do your own thing. They just want you to show up, go out there, and fight well. There’s no crazy fight week stuff. It’s just very more relaxed at Bellator. I like that, man, because I’m a fighter.”
The fighter would also compare the UFC to eating at a corporate restaurant instead of a mom & pop restaurant.
“Sometimes with the UFC, it’s so big. It’s such a corporate feel, like if you go to a restaurant or something,” Jury said. “You’ve got the mom-and-pop restaurant and you’ve got the big corporation restaurants. I feel like that’s Bellator. Bellator is the strong mom-and-pop shop that comes from a good place. They let you be yourself a little bit more.”
Up next for Jury and Bellator MMA is an event on July 17, where Jury is expected to fight Georgi Karakhanyan.