Jimmy Crute has a sturdy case to mention he has earned quite a number subsequent to his call withinside the UFC’s mild heavyweight rankings, or at the least a shot in opposition to a pinnacle 15 fighter.

Instead, the 24-year-vintage Australian will combat up and comer Modestas Bukauskas at the undercard of UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs The Korean Zombie on Saturday.

It begs the question: why take at the dangerous, however particularly unknown, Bukauskas?

“It’s definitely more of a risk to reward but, at the same time, Mick (Maynard) the matchmaker has been very good to me and continues to be,” said Crute, ahead of his fight at UFC’s Fight Island.  “It’s hard to get guys to fight me because the position I’m in with Modestas is the position I put the ranked guys in. I should have a number next to my name.”

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That said, Crute does not resent the opportunity to test Bukauskas, whose lone UFC fight was a win against Andreas Michalidis in July.

“I take it as a compliment from the UFC, they think I’m the guy that can test this up and comer. I know they’ve got a lot of hype behind him,” said Crute. “I think the UFC have come to me and said check if this guy’s worthy or not. I’m not going to be sitting here complaining.”

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