Kyle Crutchmer remained undefeated in his MMA career with a first-round submission win in 2:58 against Scott Futrell in their 175-pound catchweight fight at Bellator 239 on Friday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Crutchmer (6-0, 2-0 Bellator) — a former two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State — got a takedown off an inside trip 20 seconds into the fight, maintained the top position then locked up an anaconda choke when Futrell (11-10, 0-2 Bellator) reached his feet.
6-0 !!! The show goes on!! pic.twitter.com/Y18BuE7GYZ— Kyle Crutchmer (@KyleCrutchmer) February 22, 2020
Crutchmer told reporters he’d like to fight outside of Oklahoma for the first time in his career for his next fight. He also didn’t completely shut down the idea of competing at Bellator 242 on May 9 at SAP Center in San Jose, California, the same city where trains at American Kickboxing Academy.
“I want to fight f*cking Dillon Danis [2-0], so whenever his f*cking a** is ready let me know,” Crutchmer said. “I do want to beat his a**. I think Dillon Danis needs to get his a** whooped and I would be the guy to do it.”
I don’t call people out, but to me I would like to see that guy take me down and get me on the ground. I’ll beat his a** on his feet, so I don’t have a lot of animosity toward a lot of people and I’ve never met the guy but I just kinda think he’s just kinda [riding] the coattails of Conor McGregor. You’ve seen what my [AKA] teammate [Khabib Nurmagomedov] did to [McGregor].”
Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor with a neck crank submission in the fourth round to retain his UFC Lightweight championship at UFC 229 in October 2018. Nurmagomedov infamously climbed the Octagon and brawled with Danis — who was in McGregor’s corner — after that bout, igniting a melee that led to several members of both teams being fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).