Undefeated Aussie light-heavyweight prospect Jimmy Crute will make his UFC debut at the upcoming show in Adelaide this December.
The 22-year-old from Bendigo will take on Scotsman Paul Craig (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC). The fight is the second to be announced for Adelaide after Wilson Reis v Ben Nguyen was made official.
Crute has been unstoppable on the Australian regional scene since making his pro debut in 2016. Crute won seven fights competing on Hex Fight series before being invited to Las Vegas to compete on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Crute fought on the show where UFC President Dana White personally invites fighters from around the world to compete in front of him in the hopes of winning a UFC contract this past July. Crute impressed the big boss picking up a first-round TKO victory and a UFC contract. White was extremely impressed with the young Aussie saying that he was his favorite fighter on the show that night.
Crute’s opponent Paul Craig will be familiar with many Aussie fight fans as the Scotsman who fought Tyson Pedro at UFC 209 in March of 2017. Pedro handed Craig his first ever career loss with a TKO finish in the first round. Craig then went on to be defeated by Khalil Rountree before recently rebounding against Magomed Ankalaev in dramatic fashion where he scored a triangle submission at 4.59 of round 3.
The fight is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of the card. More fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. UFC Adelaide is scheduled to take place on December 2.