Jim Crute continued his rise at UFC 234 with a first-round stoppage against Sam Alvey, who was less-than-pleased with the stoppage.
Jim Crute is a 22-year-old promising Australian with a 9-0 record coming into UFC 234. Crute does not discriminate in terms of victory method with three knockouts, three submissions, and three decisions to his name. Crute earned his shot at the UFC through Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series with a first-round knockout, then followed up with a third-round submission in his promotional debut against Paul Craig.
Sam Alvey will be fighting on a pay-per-view card for the first time in his 16-fight UFC career at UFC 234. He’s well-known for his positive demeanor and knockout power with five striking stoppages in his Octagon career. He had a two-fight winning streak snapped by the legendary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his last contest.
Jim Crute started the fight with a front kick and a high kick that both missed. Both fighters threw straight punches but could not connect cleanly. Crute had a head kick blocked by Sam Alvey, then landed a body kick. Crute landed a beautiful right hand as Alvey was coming in that knocked down the veteran. Alvey was on hands and knees, but Crute walked away instead of pursuing the finish. Alvey was able to stand up and stumble backward. Crute walked him down and landed a head kick that Alvey caught. Alvey drove Crute to the canvas, but Crute reversed position and took the back of Alvey. Crute was raining down punches that were primarily blocked before Marc Goddard stepped in and stopped the fight.
Alvey was immediately in the face of the referee, saying he had his thumb up to signify that he was ok. Alvey was livid as the decision was announced and stormed out of the Octagon after Crute was announced the winner.
Jim Crute def. Sam Alvey by TKO (Punches) in Round 1 (2:49)