Jimmy Crute
The Brute

Australia

Dominant grappling leads to win
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Crute defeated Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission (kimura) at 3:29 of Round 1 UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Crute decided early on he didn't want to deal with the speed and power of his opponent, as he ducked under a strike to land a takedown with just ten seconds having elapsed in the bout. From there it was a slow progression from control to dominant position, as Crute needed to return Oleksiejczuk to the mat multiple times before establishing position. Once he did, though, Crute made quick work of the Polish fighter, transitioning from mount to side control to grab the kimura. Crute was shocked by Misha Circunov in his last outing but has the wrestling, grappling, and power to be a force in this division. He improves to 11-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory, and will also go home $50,000 richer after being awarded Performance of the Night honors.
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Draws Oleksiejczuk in Auckland
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 8, 2020
Crute (10-1-0) is scheduled to face Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-3-0, 1 NC) in a light heavyweight fight Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
A native Australian, Crute will return to the Octagon near his homeland, which should may help his chances of bouncing back after suffering the first loss of his professional career. After winning his first two fights as a member of the promotion, Crute took a first-round submission loss to Misha Cirkunov back in September at UFC Vancouver.
No longer unbeaten
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 14, 2019
Crute lost to Misha Cirkunov via submission (Peruvian necktie choke) at 3:38 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
ANALYSIS
Crute was dominated by a physically superior opponent in the early going and nearly found himself in a mounted crucifix on multiple occasions. He ultimately escaped on sheer strength (not technique), and after several rapid scrambles, found himself in a mount position of his own. Crute proceeded to rain down strikes and for a moment it looked like the fight would be stopped in his favor, but Cirkunov initiated a sweep that reversed position, and before the crowd knew what happened, Crute was tied up in a choke and tapped out. That snaps the 23-year-old prospect's unbeaten streak, but there's still plenty to like about the Australia native moving forward.
Draws Misha Cirkunov in Vancouver
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 17, 2019
Crute will face Misha Cirkunov in a light heavyweight contest at UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Crute, who's currently 2-0 in the UFC, will look to continue his winning ways as he takes on Misha Cirkunov. Even though he's coming off a quick knockout loss to Johnny Walker a few months ago, he'll serve as a serviceable opponent for Crute, who's just 23 years old. Crute will look to pressure Cirkunov, and test his chin, which has shown to be a major issue of his in the past.
Leaves with a smile
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 9, 2019
Crute defeated Sam Alvey via TKO (strikes) at 2:49 of Round 1 at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Alvey came out and tried to work his usual power game. Unfortunately for him, Crute was the one who ended up landing the power strikes and stopping the fight. He dropped Alvey and went to follow up. He thought the referee was going to stop the bout and even stepped away for a moment, but the referee allowed the fight to continue. In the end, Alvey got up and went for a takedown, but Crute reversed and continued to land power. While Alvey strongly protested the stoppage, there was little doubt he was at least in trouble. With the victory, Crute improves to 2-0 in the UFC and 10-0 overall as a professional.
Submits Paul Craig in UFC debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Crute defeated Paul Craig via submission (kimura) at 4:51 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Crute emerged victorious in his UFC debut, but he had to work for it. It took four submission attempts and his gas tank pushed to near empty before Craig finally gave it up. Crute, a product of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, look remarkably composed for a 22-year-old kid on the biggest stage. He looked at least solid average in all aspects of the sport and he took his time in search of the finish. Crute is an emerging prospect in a light heavyweight division that needs all the young talent it can get it's hands on.