Jimmy Crute
The Brute

Australia

Matched against Anthony Smith
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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Needs new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
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
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
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.
Gets fight in October
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2020
Crtue will take on Modestas Bukauskas at the UFC event on October 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The location for this fight has yet to be determined. Crute will be in the octagon for the first time since February when he submitted Michal Oleksiejczuk.
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.