UFC 261 outcomes: Anthony Smith stops Jimmy Crute with brutal leg kick in first spherical
Anthony Smith was displaying off a nasty jab within the first spherical in opposition to Jim Crute within the opening bout on the UFC 261 primary card however ultimately he solely wanted a single leg kick to land to cease the battle.
After Crute had landed a number of kicks of his personal earlier within the spherical, Smith fired off certainly one of his personal together with his foot touchdown simply behind the knee. As quickly as Crute tried to step down on his foot, he crumbled to the bottom and whereas he was capable of get well sufficient to safe a takedown, the harm was already performed.
In between rounds, Crute tried to get well however as quickly because the ringside doctor requested him to step ahead, the Australian fighter as soon as once more buckled from his injured leg and the competition was stopped instantly.
The official finish time comes at 5:00 in spherical one as Smith earns his second victory in a row total.
“That’s a superb one,” Smith mentioned whereas watching his leg kick that completed the battle. “I’ve at all times been a superb kicker, I simply haven’t been setting it up adequate. Jimmy Crute’s a monster.
“I’ve been engaged on [my jab] lots. I confirmed it a bit of bit in that Glover Teixeira battle. 51 fights in, I’m nonetheless getting higher.”
From the beginning of the battle, Smith established a stiff jab that was snapping Crute’s head again with energy and accuracy. By the halfway level of the opening spherical, Crute was already carrying the harm on his face however he was additionally returning fireplace with a sequence of stiff kicks to Smith’s lead leg.
After specializing in his fingers, Smith then turned to his personal kicking recreation the place he blasted Crute within the leg kick that led to the stoppage.
Primarily based on the best way Crute reacted, it appeared he suffered a drop foot, which is often brought on by an harm to a nerve within the leg and even he admitted it might have been practically inconceivable for him to proceed as a lot as he wished the battle to maneuver ahead.
“I couldn’t really feel my leg,” Crute mentioned afterwards. “I used to be simply going to tug guard trigger I couldn’t stand on it.”
After dropping back-to-back fights, Smith has now earned two wins in a row as he continues to function a risk to anyone within the mild heavyweight division, particularly after taking out a extremely touted prospect like Crute on Saturday night time.