New opponent named to face Crutchmer at Bellator 233

Kyle Crutchmer

Former Oklahoma State All-American wrestler Kyle Crutchmer appears to have a new opponent for his upcoming Bellator MMA debut next month.

MMA commentator Ariel Helwani reported on Twitter that Antonio Jones will be facing Crutchmer in a welterweight (170-pound) bout at Bellator 233 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. on Friday, November 8.

In late September, it had been announced that Crutchmer would take on Sean Clements, a 31-year-old with a 3-1 pro MMA record.

The 34-year-old Jones is 6-3 in his professional MMA career going back to June 2015. He has tallied three straight losses in his most recent bouts going back nearly two years.

Crutchmer, 26, brings a perfect 4-0 in his pro career he launched in June 2018. Until signing with Bellator MMA in July, all of the former Cowboy wrestler's MMA bouts had been with Xtreme Fighting League, with two wins by submission, one by technical knockout, and one unanimous decision.

Prior to entering MMA, 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.


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