THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Kyle Crutchmer isn’t usually the calling-out type but, when asked who’s next, one name came straight to his mind.
Crutchmer (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) remained unbeaten with a first-round submission over Scott Futrell at Bellator 239 and, while he doesn’t foresee anyone giving him a challenge just yet, he said he’d love to take on jiu-jitsu ace Dillon Danis.
“I don’t have a dangerous opponent but I want to (expletive) fight Dillon Danis. So whenever his (expletive) ass is ready, let me know,” Crutchmer told reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at the WinStar World Casino.
“I do want to beat his ass. I don’t really see anybody as a potential threat for me right now. Once I climb up the rankings a little bit more then we can be able to say some things like that, but I think Dillon Danis needs to get his ass whooped and I would be the guy to do it.”
Training out of American Kickboxing Academy, former Oklahoma State wrestler Crutchmer said Danis should quit trying to chase a fight with YouTuber Logan Paul and instead and face someone who’d actually be willing to fight him.
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“If you want to fight someone, dude I’m ready,” said Crutchmer. “I’ll fight your ass. If you want to fight someone that’s willing to fight you, I’m here, ready to go. I don’t call people out but, to me, I would like to see that guy try and take me down and get me to the ground. I’ll beat his ass on his feet.”
Crutchmer also issued a thinly-veiled warning to the SBG-trained fighter, as he cited his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance against Danis’ teammate Conor McGregor as an example of how he plans to dominate him if they ever meet inside the Bellator cage.
“I don’t have a lot of animosity towards people,” he said. “I’ve never met the guy, but I think he’s just kind of playing a coattail on Conor McGregor, and you’ve seen what my teammate did to him.”
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