Jimmy Crute went to his wrestling at UFC Auckland, taking Michal Oleksiejczuk down seven times in the first round before locking up a submission.
The co-main event of UFC Auckland on Saturday night featured a light heavyweight showdown meant to put the spotlight on Jimmy Crute. Australia’s Crute entered the fight off the first loss of his career, against Canada’s Misha Cirkunov at UFC Vancouver in September. In Auckland, the Australian was paired up with Michal Oleksiejczuk, coming off a loss of his own to Ovince St. Preux.
Jimmy Crute swung a head kick that missed then took down Michal Oleksiejczuk down immediately. Oleksiejczuk got to all fours and was dragged to the floor again. Oleksiejczuk worked his way up again, broke free, but Crute immediately closed the distance and took down his opponent again. They repeated this process once more and this time it was a throw for Crute. Crute established full mount and then moved to side control to go for a kimura. Oleksiejczuk was compromised and had no opportunity to defend, getting forced to tap.
After the dominant victory, Crute called out the always-dangerous Misha Cirkunov, attempting to avenge that loss. Yes please.
Jimmy Crute def. Michal Oleksiejczuk by Submission (Kimura) in Round 1 (3:29)