UFC in Vegas 44 Picks and Predictions: Hot Prospect of the Week Jimmy Crute

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Join us as we preview a hot UFC prospect from this week’s UFC Fight Night: Aldo vs. Font Vegas event. Read on for our complete UFC in Vegas 44 betting guide – taking a first look at our hottest prospect of the week, Jimmy Crute and his opponent Jamahal Hill. Including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks.

Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill

UFC Light Heavyweight Main Card Bout

Saturday, December 04, 2021 – 09:05 PM EST at UFC Apex Center, Las Vegas

UFC in Vegas 44 Hot Prospect: Jimmy Crute (12-2-0)

25-year-old old Singleton, New South Wales, Aussie native Jimmy Crute ascended to prominence following an impressive first-round TKO on Dana White’s Contender Series. The UFC’s light heavy and heavyweight divisions have been under construction for some time, and Crute is undoubtedly a top-10 caliber of martial artist shaping the heavier-divisions future stance.

Crute stems from a family of boxers, but it was karate, judo, and jiu-jitsu that kickstarted his journey into a life of martial arts. One month before his 20th birthday, Crute made his professional MMA debut by flexing his then 8-year Brazilian jiu-jitsu skill set to secure a round 1 armbar finish.

The prosperous rise of Australia’s own Jimmy Crute has been a pleasurable experience to witness. Aged 22-years-old, Crute made his UFC debut with the tall task of facing the jiu-jitsu expertise of Paul Craig and, in emphatic fashion, finished the Scot via Kimura hold.

However, it hasn’t been a straightforward path into the top-15 for Crute, setbacks versus Mischa Cirkunov, and most recently, Anthony Smith has delivered some authentic experience gaining losses he can now evolve from. And with recognition of his sheer toughness, it was an injured foot that resulted in a second-round doctors stoppage during the Smith contest – an injury that Crute did and would’ve continued to fight through, following great success in the first round.

Jim Crute Moneyline Odds: -190 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

UFC in Vegas 44: Jim Crute Fight Analysis

After the eye-watering foot injury we saw at UFC 261, Crute returns to the octagon to face a fellow rising light heavyweight in Jamahal Hill.

Hill (8-1-0) is predominantly a striking-based fighter who enjoys delivering a mixture of combinations on the feet in order to find success. Unfortunately for Hill, he will be outmatched against the diverse grappling offense that Crute brings to the table.

Crute managed to takedown Anthony Smith with one working foot. The Australian’s wrestling is second-to-none, and I believe there aren’t many fighters inside this division who can compete with him in this particular area. Additionally, he easily passes his opponent’s guard, allowing his jiu-jitsu blackbelt to finish his fights more often than not.

UFC in Vegas 44: Crute vs. Hill Betting Pick and Odds

Hill’s gameplan is already written; he’ll want to take advantage of his long length and make the best use of his probing jabs that often create the setups for a mixture of combinations that unleash to the head and body.

Crute is no slouch on the feet, and he’ll want Hill to believe a striking matchup is underway. But once the opening becomes available, he’ll change levels and drag Hill into his world. With an 80% takedown accuracy throughout six UFC contests, I can’t envision Hill’s lesser experience providing a takedown defense worthy of fending off Crute’s wrestling accuracy.

A submission win for Crute is highly possible, and I wouldn’t count out his punching power, but I’ll play this one safe and place a simple money line wager considering the betting value isn’t too bad.

UFC Pick: Jim Crute (-190) [1.90u returns 1u] at BetOnline

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UFC in Vegas 44 Main Card and Odds

Jose Aldo vs. Rob Font [UFC bantamweight main event bout]
Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell [UFC lightweight co-main event bout]
Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos [UFC lightweight bout]
Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill [UFC light heavyweight bout]
Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis [UFC middleweight bout]