Johnny Walker has pulled out of his fight against Jimmy Crute due to injury and Anthony Smith has stepped in as his replacement. The Brazilian light-heavyweight was scheduled to take on number 12 ranked Australian Jimmy Crute on the 27th of March, at UFC 260. Citing a torn pectoral muscle, he has withdrawn himself from the fight.
The news was first reported by ESPN, and it has also been confirmed that Jimmy Crute and Anthony Smith will fight at the UFC event on the 24th of April (UFC 261), instead of 27th March.
‘Disappointed that my opponent has ducked me yet again‘ – Jimmy Crute
Walker pulling out of the fight, didn’t sit well with Jimmy Crute, as he took to Instagram posting an image with the caption, which read, “A wise man called @danielkellyjudo once told me “in a sport that’s supposed to be full of tough guys you’d be surprised at how many pussies there are in this sport” very true words. Disappointed that my opponent has ducked me yet again but I can’t say that I am surprised that being said I can’t express how excited and grateful I am that a true fighter has decided to step in and fight me. This is a better fight, better name and bigger challenge but I’m ready for it.“
Jimmy Crute is only 24, and is coming off back-to-back victories against Modestas Bukauskas and Michał Oleksiejczuk. He has just one loss in his MMA career (12-1). Anthony Smith, on the other hand, is coming off a victory against Devin Clark, which saw him snap a two match losing streak. He will be backing his superior experience, when he takes on the youthful Jimmy Crute.