BENDIGO mixed martial arts fighter Jim “the Brute” Crute beat his American rival in a first round knockout to win a dream contract to fight in the world’s highest profile fight series, the UFC.
Crute is due to return to Bendigo to recover and reconnect with family and friends in the coming weeks following the fight in Las Vegas which UFC president Dana White described as his favourite of the night.
This year White hosted a second series of contender rounds with the lure of a contract for multiple fights for winning fighters who impressed him.
For Crute, the opportunity is a dream come true and he hopes it will start with his name on the ticket in the UFC fight event in Adelaide on December 2.
“The UFC is the biggest organisation in the world and I am just getting started,” he told ABC Central Victoria.
“I want in on that Adelaide card in December, I will start there and take it one fight at a time.”
He said in a post fight interview he wanted to continued to improve.
“I will probably be in the gym as soon as I get home.”
Crute trains in Melbourne but his parents live in Bendigo.
His fighting career started in Bendigo with coach Stewart Moulden, the owner of Stewie’s House of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.