Jimmy Crute-Jamahal Hill Light Heavyweight Clash Targeted for Oct. 2 UFC Card

By: Jay Pettry
Jul 9, 2021

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It appears that Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweights Jamahal Hill and Jimmy Crute will both be able to fight again soon after going down mid-fight with bad injuries.

On Friday, ESPN broke the news that Crute (12-2) and Hill (8-1, 1 NC) will tangle on the Oct. 2 UFC Fight Night card. Crute first posted about his new four-fight contract as well as his next match, which is set to be against Hill, on Thursday. The pairing will be less than four months removed from Hill suffering a horrific arm injury from an armbar, but “Sweet Dreams” has been cleared to compete again. Crute sustained an injury of his own in April as well.

Hill had his arm snapped in June from an armbar from Paul Craig, but referee Al Guinee did not see the damage and did not halt the fight. Instead, from a triangle position, Craig pummeled Hill, whose arm was hanging limp, with punches and elbows until Guinee finally stepped in. The loss was the first in Hill’s career, who had gone unbeaten in nine fights to that point including a match overturned to a no contest after Hill tested positive for marijuana – a substance now allowed in Nevada, where the May 2020 fight took place.

Crute will be looking to rebound from his first knockout loss, when Anthony Smith deadened his leg with kicks. The doctor stoppage at the end of Round 1 came after Crute was unable to put weight in his left leg, awarding the win to Smith. Since his appearance on Season 2 of Dana White's Contender Series, Crute has yet to go the distance, with all seven fights ending by stoppage, win or lose.

The UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 2 will be held inside the UFC Apex, and it will be capped off by a light heavyweight thriller between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker. Middleweights Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus will also throw down that night, as well as Diego Ferreira vs. Grant Dawson at lightweight.

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