23/04/2024

Anthony Smith and Jimmy Crute at their weigh-in before UFC 261. Photo: @jimmycruteufc Instagram

Australian Jimmy Crute has suffered a TKO loss to sixth ranked Light Heavyweight Anthony 'Lionheart' Smith at UFC 261.

Australian Jimmy Crute has suffered a TKO loss to sixth-ranked Light Heavyweight Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith at UFC 261.

In his biggest professional fight to date, the 25-year-old from Bendigo was ruled out of competing by the UFC doctor after his leg gave out before the start of round two.

Leading into the fight, Crute was the favourite to claim the biggest scalp of his burgeoning MMA career.

The bout started with Anthony Smith executing lightning-quick left-hand jabs to Jimmy Crute, while the Australian beat up the leading leg of Smith with four well executed lower leg kicks.

Crute’s right eye had swollen halfway through the first round.

Smith then delivered a perfectly timed leg kick to the left knee of Crute towards the end of the first round which felled him. He made it to the end of the first round, but the UFC doctor ruled him out from beginning the second round as his left leg continued to give way when he stood on it.

Jimmy Crute was valiant in attempting to continue the fight, and was devastated when he was ruled out.

“I couldn’t feel my leg,” he admitted after the fight.

“In the second round I was just going to come out in full guard [because] I couldn’t stand on it.”

He had a professional record of 12-1 heading into the bout and was the 13th ranked Light Heavyweight in the world. However, veteran Anthony Smith proved to be a bridge too far on this occasion, but the young Australian will be back bigger and better than ever in the future.

UFC 261 was the UFC’s first event since the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, to host a capacity crowd. 15,000 fans packed into Jacksonville Arena, Florida for the main event featuring the rematch of Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.

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Jimmy Crute made sure to acknowledge Anzac Day in his interview post-match, paying tribute to our fallen soldiers who allow for Australians and New Zealanders to be where they are today.

“Back home in Australia is Anzac Day which would be the equivalent of Veteran’s Day here,” Crute said post-fight.

“What we do here would not be possible if not for the fallen troops.

“I might have lost today but they lost their lives back then.”

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