Key Statistics: 1.68 knockdowns every 15 minutes (5th all-time among LHW), 47.8% control time percentage (4th all-time among LHW), 5:22 average fight time (4th shortest )
What this means: One of the brightest prospects on the list, especially in the light heavyweight division, Crute is an aggressive fighter with an innate finishing ability. He’s a powerful attacker who is relatively patient when it comes to looking for his big hit, but once he stuns an enemy he shows great aggression in ending combat. His submissive abilities are good and he attacks them with great physicality. Up close he shows natural power coming out of the break, as well as a keen sense of how to use positions to his advantage.
What to look for in combat: It’s a good test for Crute, who is buzzing all around the top half of the division standings, but Smith is no stepping stone. Smith is the longest fighter and does well at using that length via straight punches, kicks and a good sense of distance, but Crute is also adept at finding his reach or rushing through bodies to body. Once the fight draws closer, Crute might manage to crush Smith against the fence, but he will have to be wary of Smith’s ability to snatch submissions. Both fighters are smart finishers who don’t necessarily continue with the end-of-fight streak, but have good instincts for when the opportunity presents itself.
* Did not compete enough in the current weight class to qualify for the UFC Record Book