Jim Crute wasn’t going to let a minor detail, like his opponent, thwart his first UFC fight in his home city.
The 22-year-old light heavyweight jumped at a new opponent after Ryan Spann was forced to withdraw from UFC 234 due to a broken hand, per a report by Herald Sun.
That new opponent is seasoned veteran Sam Alvey, who has almost five times the number of professional fights “The Brute” does, as well as 19 victories by knockout.
Crute (9-0) announced the news on social media earlier today and said he was excited about the step-up in competition. The bout will be his second in the UFC after submitting Paul Craig at UFC Adelaide in December.
Alvey (33-11) is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Antonio Nogueira in September. Before that fight he earned back-to-back wins over Marcin Prachnio and Gian Villante.
UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on February 10. It will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.