Jimmy Crute
The Brute

Australia

Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/24/2021
Set to return Dec. 4 against Hill
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
September 6, 2021
Crute (ankle) is slated to fight Jamahal Hill on Dec. 4 in a UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Following an ankle injury in a fight against Anthony Smith in April, Crute was placed on a six-month medical suspension. The fight resulted in Crute's losing as a TKO (doctor's stoppage). Jamahal Hill will also be coming off an injury going into the fight against Crute. In Hill's last fight, Hill suffered a loss to Paul Craig who essentially snapped his arm in half and dislocated Hill's elbow.
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Will return in October
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 10, 2021
Crute (ankle) is expected to headline an October event against Jamahal Hill, according to ESPN.
ANALYSIS
Even though contracts have reportedly not been finalized yet, the bout should be announced sooner than later even if there's no location defined for this event. Crute dealt with an ankle injury and lost against Anthony Smith on UFC 261, a defeat that ended his two-fight winning streak.
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.
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.