Jimmy Crute
The Brute

Australia

Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/24/2021
Gets expected medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 3, 2021
Crute is facing a six-month medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Crute lost to Anthony Smith at the end of Round 1 back on April 24 and the doctor had to halt it after Smith landed an vicious kick to the back of Crute's knee. If he is unable to get it cleared by a doctor, Crute won't be able to fight until late October.
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Fight halted by doctor
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
April 24, 2021
Crute lost to Anthony Smith via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Just when you think you've seen everything in this sport. Crute and Smith both had their moments in Round 1, but Smith landed a vicious kick to the back of Crute's knee in the later stages of the frame, and Crute's entire leg immediately gave out. He managed to actually land a couple takedowns immediately afterwards before the round ended, but Crute was clearly injured and the doctor stopped the fight in between rounds. It was the right decision and one Crute came to understand despite being initially furious. Oddly enough, the way the fight ended makes it seem unlikely Crute's stock is impacted all that much. Sure, it would have been nice if he won, but he wanted to continue and would have if given clearance. Crute is just 25 years old and will be back and better than ever in short order.
Matched against Anthony Smith
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 9, 2021
Crute will face Anthony Smith on April 24, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Crute had been scheduled to face Johnny Walker on March 27, but that matchup was canceled after Walker required surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. He won't get to remain on that same card but will still get the chance to fight less than a month later. He'll be looking for his third straight win after a pair of first-round victories, while Smith is also coming off a first-round win in his most recent fight.
Needs new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 9, 2021
Crute needs a new opponent for his next fight after Johnny Walker withdrew from the pair's scheduled March 27 bout due to a torn pectoral muscle, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
There should be more than enough time for a new opponent to be found, and Crute indicated in an Instagram post Monday that one was already lined up. That post also accused Walker of ducking him, an accusation which seems rather unfair given that his injury will require surgery.
Paired against Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
January 2, 2021
Crute is set to take on Johnny Walker in a light heavyweight matchup at the event scheduled for March 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This could be a quick one, as both fighters have seen five of their last six matches decided before the end of the first round. Crute has won five of those, compared to four for Walker, though both fighters are coming off wins in their last trip to the Octagon. Crute knocked out Modestas Bukauskas in October, while Walker knocked out Ryan Spann in September. Crute sports superior offensive wrestling numbers to Walker, which he may need to put to use given he's giving up four inches in height and eight inches in reach.
Bulldozes opponent in first round
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
October 17, 2020
Crute defeated Modestas Bukauskas via KO (punches) at 2:01 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Crute came into this fight with a definite plan to deal with the leg kicks of Bukauskas: wing hard overhand rights until he stops or one connects. It was the latter for Crute, who crushed his opponent with a shot and added one more as he attempted to scramble back to his feet. Crute's one loss in the organization came in a fight he was winning before he got overanxious against Misha Cirkunov, which should cement the idea that the Australian is a force to be recokned with in the Octagon. He improves to 12-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.