A proposed light heavyweight bout between Johnny Walker and Jimmy Crute slated for UFC 260 on March 27 has been scrapped after Walker suffered a torn pectoral in training.
As a result, Anthony Smith has agreed to step in and face Crute at a UFC event on April 24. MMAFighting.com initially reported Walker’s injury, while ESPN brought word of the new 205-pound matchup. The card does not yet have an official location but could be designated UFC 261.
After a pair of lopsided defeats to Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic, Smith bounced back at UFC on ESPN 18, when he submitted Devin Clark with a triangle choke in the opening stanza of the evening’s headliner on Nov. 28. The former light heavyweight title challenger owns other notable wins against the likes of Alexander Gustafsson, Volkan Oezdemir, Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans.
An emerging prospect at 205 pounds, Crute has been victorious in four of his first five Octagon appearances. The 24-year-old Australian made short work of his opposition in 2020, scoring first-round finishes of Michal Oleksiejczuk and Modestas Bukauskas.
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