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Expecting UFC 261 'breakthrough moment,' Jimmy Crute predicts 'mauling' of Anthony Smith

15 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jimmy Crute asked for the fight, and he got it.
What was it about a matchup against Anthony Smith that caused him to ask UFC matchmakers for the former light heavyweight title challenger?
At Wednesday's UFC 261 media day, Crute explained how his position as an advanced up-and-comer made it difficult to find willing opponents. That's where Smith came into play.
“This is the fight that I asked for,” Crute said. “Even before I got the Johnny Walker fight, I asked the matchmakers for Anthony Smith. To take this opportunity is a big step, but it's a small step in the scheme...
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Anthony Smith sees UFC 261 bout vs. Jimmy Crute as opportunity to silence doubters

Anthony Smith sees UFC 261 bout vs. Jimmy Crute as opportunity to silence doubters

15 days ago   |   By MMAjunkie

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Smith believes his critics won't have much to work with after Saturday night.
The former UFC light heavyweight title challenger returns to the octagon in the main card of UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Smith takes on Jimmy Crute in an important 205-pound bout. It's Smith's first fight since bouncing back from a two-fight skid with a first-round submission win over Devin Clark last November.
With 50 professional fights under his belt, Smith has shared the cage with some of the world's best such as Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, Alexander Gustafsson, and...
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