MIAMI, Okla. — Kyle Crutchmer’s highly-anticipated professional mixed martial arts debut didn’t last long.
The former All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University took care of business early.
In a middleweight clash between Tulsa natives, Crutchmer needed only 1 minute, 23 seconds to earn a technical knockout over Ron Beasley at Xtreme Fight Night 348 on Saturday at Buffalo Run Casino.
“I’m excited to get the first one out of the way,” Crutchmer said. “Me and my coaches had a great game plan and we pretty much executed it.”
Beasley, who was also making his pro debut, chose to engage in an early clinch with Crutchmer, who quickly took the fight to the ground and eventually locked in a guillotine choke, putting his opponent to sleep.
“I kind of wanted to stand and strike a little bit more, but he clinched and came to where I wanted to be,” said Crutchmer, who was a two-time All-American at 174 pounds for the Cowboys. “The guy gave me my wrestling. I had to take advantage of that.”
Crutchmer received a huge ovation inside the Peoria Showplace during his introduction and moments later after referee Liz Carreiro waved off the fight.
“Man, honestly, it was crazy,” Crutchmer said of the crowd support. “I knew it was going to be exciting. To hear the fans cheering like that ... I’m just humbled and I feel blessed to be able to do this.”
Leading up to his debut, Crutchmer has trained with Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, another former Oklahoma State standout.
“Me and DC have become great friends and he’s like a big brother to me,” Crutchmer said.
Crutchmer, who had three-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer in his corner, expects to fight again on August 3.
“I’ll continue to learn and to continue to grow,” he said. “I out-work people. That’s my thing.”
In the night’s main event, Tulsa’s Daryl “The Reaper” Wilson successfully defended his XFN lightweight championship by earning a second-round TKO against Marcio Navarro of Wichita, Kansas. Wilson (8-2) stopped Navarro (13-14) at the 37 second mark of the second round after a thunderous body shot.
“This was awesome,” Wilson said. “That guy is so tough and has so much heart. I expected a five-round war.”
In an entertaining kickboxing main event, bantamweight champion Kou “Sexy Asian Invasion” Lee of Minneapolis, Minnesota, knocked out Tevin “Two Feet” Laskey of Tulsa at the end of the fourth round. The bout was a back-and-forth affair until the knockout.
“He was a tough opponent,” said Lee, who relied on a number of leg kicks and knee strikes. “That’s one of the best guys I’ve fought. I just do what my corner tells me. They tell me to jump and I say ‘How high?’”
Cody Nieto of Pryor, Oklahoma, was scheduled to compete in a pro kickboxing bout, but his opponent did not show up. The sold-out event was promoted by Dale “Apollo” Cook. Buffalo Run announced that they’ll host another XFN event on September 22.
There were six amateur bouts on the show.
Rusty Merrill earned a unanimous decision over Chris Rowe in a lightweight MMA bout, while William Nenneman recorded a first-round TKO against Michael Leu in middleweight action. Nathan Abril defeated Andrew Claborn by decision in a welterweight action and Michael White submitted Aric Mercado via rear naked choke in a featherweight fight. In kickboxing bouts, Hank Crutchfield earned a decision over Britton Carter in a heavyweight clash and Dusty Sparks earned a TKO over Igor Laschenko in featherweight action.