Las Vegas, NV — Light heavyweight Jimmy Crute finally returns to the octagon this weekend at UFC Vegas 44, having seen a potential date in October fall through. Plus having overcome the obstacles caused by COVID-19 and Australia’s severe travel restrictions.
Now, the Australian will try to shake off an unfortunate doctor’s stoppage loss to Anthony Smith earlier this year. The fight ended when Crute’s leg failed him, but despite that, he’s at peace with the outcome.
“When I look back on it now, I wouldn’t change it honestly,” he stated during Wednesday’s UFC Vegas 44 media day. Crute (12-2) admitted that he was schooled, at least a little bit, on the jab front. But, he added, “I felt like if the fight had kept going, it could have gone a different way, but why live with regrets, man? Just learn from it and move on.”
In the aftermath, there was a “little tiny bit of nerve damage,” Crute revealed, but nothing too serious. In a way, that was actually more frustrating — having the loss ultimately come from a minute injury — “but what can you do about it but laugh?”
Next up is Jamahal Hill, who Crute said Wednesday was “just another talented guy.”
“He definitely has his specialties, obviously striking is his forte, and we prepared for that length and speed he posses,” noted Crute. “But at the end of the day, it’s just another guy that I have to work out when I get in there.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 44 media day appearance from Jimmy Crute above. The event takes place this Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Apex in Las Vegas. More coverage from Wednesday’s media day can be found below.