Jimmy Crute Accuses Johnny Walker of Ducking Him After Walker Pulls Out of UFC 260 Fight

Published 02/09/2021, 2:02 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: (R-L) Jimmy Crute of Australia punches Modestas Bukauskas of Lithuania in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 18, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Johnny Walker is out of his fight against Jimmy Crute at UFC 260. The light heavyweight contender suffered a torn pectoral muscle during his training camp. Walker’s next opponent, Crute, didn’t have a positive response to his removal from the fight. ‘The Brute’ also teased an update regarding an opponent who has stepped in as a replacement.

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Walker’s team broke the unfortunate news of the injury to MMA Fighting. The Brazilian last stepped inside the Octagon when he handed Ryan Spann his first defeat in the UFC via a first-round knockout. The light heavyweight will now undergo immediate surgery in Ireland. Walker is currently training at SBG Ireland, a gym where he moved to after suffering a loss at the hands of Nikita Krylov.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Johnny Walker of Brazil reacts after his TKO victory over Ryan Spann in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Given the expected healing time for such a surgery, Walker should be able to return to action by late 2021. The win over Spann in September last year helped him break a two-fight losing skid. Regardless, Walker is still one of the highly-rated upcoming fighters in a division that isn’t exactly brimming with contenders.

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Jimmy Crute says a ‘true fighter’ has stepped in place of Johnny Walker

Following his win over Misha Cirkunov in 2019, Johnny Walker did the worm celebration, which ended up dislocating his shoulder. While that injury was certainly Walker’s fault, this one looks more like the atypical setback fighters suffer during training. Even then, Walker’s opponent Jimmy Crute provided a rather heated response to the former pulling out of the fight.

Quoting former UFC fighter Daniel Kelly, who cornered Crute in his knockout win over Modestas Bukauskas, the Aussie expressed his disappointment at not being able to fight his originally planned opponent.

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As far as the replacement is concerned, Crute is yet to drop a name regarding who it is. However, he did write that it was, “a true fighter” who has decided to step in and fight him.

Crute has been in the UFC for over two years now. The 24-year-old was the first Australian to enter the promotion via Dana White’s Contender Series. With a record of 4-1 in the UFC post the DWCS win, Crute is looking to enter the top 10 of the division with a win as early as possible.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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