Kyle Crutchmer weighing in at Bellator 233 (Photo/Bellator)
Add former Oklahoma State wrestler Kyle Crutchmer to the card at Bellator 239.
The two-time Big 12 mat champ and NCAA All-American for the Cowboys will take on Scott Futrell in a 175-pound contract weight preliminary bout at the Bellator event at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackervile, Okla. in two weeks -- Friday, Feb. 21, according to MMAjunkie.com and confirmed by Bellator.
The 26-year-old Crutchmer brings a perfect 5-0 record in his professional mixed martial arts career launched in June 2018. His most recent bout was his debut in the promotion at Bellator 233 in November 2019, with a unanimous decision over Robert Gidron.
Since turning pro after college, Crutchmer has trained at American Kickboxing Academy with fellow former Oklahoma State mat standout Daniel Cormier as his wrestling coach.
Crutchmer's opponent, Scott Futrell, has a 9-8 pro MMA record in a career going back to 2014. The 28-year-old has suffered three consecutive losses.
Crutchmer joins a wrestler-rich Bellator 239 event. At the top of the card is Ed Ruth, three-time NCAA champ for Penn State, in a welterweight (170-pound) match vs. Yaroslav Amosov… as well as Tyrell Fortune, twice a junior college national wrestling champion and a NCAA Division II titlewinner, who will be facing Tim Johnson in a heavyweight bout. In addition, in a 135-pound preliminary card match, Shawn Bunch, two-time NCAA All-American at Edinboro University, will go up against Keith Lee.
This week has been one for Crutchmer to celebrate. In addition to being announced for Bellator 239, Kyle Crutchmer will be welcomed into the Union (High School) Athletic Hall of Fame -- along with his father Kevin Crutchmer, Kyle's high school wrestling coach -- this weekend in Oklahoma.