• Andrew Starc

Australian UFC Fighters to Watch: Jimmy 'The Brute' Crute

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If you were to create the prototypical Australian MMA fighter in a lab, it would be Jimmy ‘The Brute’ Crute.

Blessed with the most Australian name ever and looking like your average rugby league player, Singleton-born Crute plies his trade in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.

The 24 year-old rose to prominence on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where his first-round TKO of some unknown cunt caught the eye of UFC patriarch Dana White, who swiftly handed the young Aussie a UFC contract.

Jimmy Crute vs Paul Craig – Making his UFC debut

Crute’s initiation into the UFC saw him square up against Paul “The Bear Jew” Craig (who while actually Scottish, eerily resembles the Inglorious Basterds strongman to whom he owes his nickname).

Showing he’s got more in his locker than just bar-room brawling, Crute solidly dispatched of The Bear Jew via a kimura submission in the third round, in front of a shit-faced Adelaide crowd.

Jimmy Crute vs Sam Alvey

On a tear, 'The Brute' followed up this victory three months later with a first round TKO of American journeyman Sam Alvey. In his next fight, however, he fell victim to what sounds like a form of Latin American torture – a Peruvian Necktie – graciously handed out by Canadian Misha Cirkunov.

It was the ‘welcome to the NBA’ moment Crute needed to pause, regroup and come back even stronger. And he did.

Jimmy Crute vs Michal Oleksiejczuk

In his latest bout in early 2020, before a rapturous New Zealand crowd probably too drunk to notice he wasn’t a Kiwi, Crute pulled off an impressive first-round submission of Pole Michał Oleksiejczuk – a name Crute almost certainly can’t pronounce and likely substituted with ‘old mate.’

So what’s next for The Brute? In a division long-dominated by the freakishly talented prodigal son Jon Jones, Crute faces an uphill battle climbing the ranks. He’ll likely next face another flat-footed, slack-jawed yokel from some backwater like Oklahoma or Moldova.

Australia is looking forward to it.

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