UFC Auckland: Jimmy Crute secures first round submission, Ben Sosoli knocked out in first

Jimmy Crute secured a first-round submission against Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC Auckland, held at Spark Arena on Sunday, February 23.

Coming off the solitary loss of his career, the Aussie light heavyweight rebounded in dominant fashion in the co-main event.

Crute, now 11-1, had a smothering, relentless wrestling offence which earned him seven takedowns. He finally snatched a kimura, ending the fight at 3:29 of round one.

The submission was Crute’s second by kimura; his first was against Paul Craig at UFC Adelaide in 2018.

When asked what’s next, “The Brute” answered UFC commentator Dan Hardy with the only man to defeat him.

“Misha Cirkunov, I’m comin’ for you brother.”

Marcos Rogerio de Lima made short work of Melbourne’s Ben Sosoli, getting the knockout victory at 1:28 of the first round. The Brazilian came out swinging from the opening bell, landing some hard, clean blows. Ultimately, it was a three-piece combination which set Sosoli down to end the fight.

Sosoli, still yet to pick up a victory inside the octagon, moves to 7-3 2NC. de Lima, now 17-7-1, picks up his second win since moving to heavyweight in 2018.


I’m a Curtin University writing graduate born and bred in beautiful Perth, WA. My interest in combat sports started with an invitation to a Ladies’ BJJ class. It wasn’t long before I started to follow MMA religiously. Although I love training, I’m definitely more writer than fighter. I wanted to tell the incredible stories involved, so I got involved. I’m really passionate about covering the Australian scene and being a (teeny, tiny) part of growing it.