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Crutchmer set to make Bellator debut in November

In July, Kyle Crutchmer signed a contract with Bellator MMA. Now the former Oklahoma State wrestler has a date for his debut with Bellator.

The Tulsa native will have his first fight with the promotion at Bellator 233 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. on Friday, November 8.

Here's what Crutchmer posted on Instagram this week:


An opponent has yet to be announced for Crutchmer's Bellator debut. The only bout the promotion has made official for Bellator 233 is the top-of-the-card middleweight (185-pound) match between John Salter (16-4) and Costello van Steenis (12-1).

Kyle Crutchmer
Prior to joining Bellator this summer, all of Crutchmer's pro MMA bouts have been within the Xtreme Fighting League in his native Oklahoma. The 26-year-old former Cowboy wrestler has compiled a 4-0-0 record as a welterweight (170 pounds), with two wins by submission, one by technical knockout, and one unanimous decision.

Before launching his MMA career in June 2016, Crutchmer was a two-time NCAA All-American for Oklahoma State, placing fifth at 174 pounds at the 2015 NCAAs, and seventh in this same weight class at the 2017 NCAAs. In addition, Crutchmer was twice a Big 12 conference champ. He graduated from the Stillwater school in spring 2017.

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