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UFC 261 live blog: Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute

Anthony Smith and Jim Crute at UFC 261
Anthony Smith and Jim Crute will kick off the UFC 261 fight card Saturday.
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

This is the UFC 261 live blog for Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute, a light heavyweight main card bout on Saturday’s fight card at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Since a failed bid for the light heavyweight title against now-former champion Jon Jones, Smith has gone 2-2 inside the octagon, picking up wins over three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and, most recently, Devin Clark, while suffering setbacks against Aleksandar Rakic and current No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira.

Smith hopes to keep himself in the title picture with a win over Crute, another promising up-and-comer who’s looked like a future contender. The Aussie fighter is currently on a two-bout winning streak, having most recently stopped Modestas Bukauskas via knockout after a submission win over Michal Oleksiejczuk. The victories revitalized his career after a submission setback against Misha Cirkunov.

Check out the UFC 261 live blog below.