July 11, 2019, 5:01 pm

Former Union, OSU wrestler Kyle Crutchmer signs pro MMA contract

"This is just the very beginning," Crutchmer said.

Former Union, OSU wrestler Kyle Crutchmer signs pro MMA contract

Kyle Crutchmer said he’s always been different, and he craved his calling path to indicate that.

Crutchmer autographed a nonrecreational amalgamated soldierly arts written agreement with Bellator MMA on Wednesday. He said written agreement talks started astir two months ago, but the journeying began in 2017 aft Crutchmer complete his wrestle calling at Oklahoma State, where he was a two-time All-American.

“My entire life, I just craved to be thing different,” Crutchmer said. “I craved to do thing a small bit more than your mean person. God created me and gave me a gift, with the diversion quality and things like that, and I’ve kind of just interpreted that and turned it into my own small personality.

"It’s put me in a position where I have an opportunity to change my family’s life. A lot of the things I do, it’s not so much for me. I have a family that I love, and we’re trying to be a small different. This is the route I craved to take to see if I could change that.”

Before his calling at OSU, Crutchmer won a pair of state titles at Union. He then started his time under coach John Smith, who has coached multiple future MMA standouts, including UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The Cowboy connection quickly drew Crutchmer and Cormier together, prompting Crutchmer to move to San Jose, California, two years ago and start training at American Kickboxing Academy with one of the biggest names in the sport as his mentor. Crutchmer has also sparred with the likes of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at AKA.

When Crutchmer autographed his written agreement Wednesday, Cormier was in Los Angeles for the 2019 ESPY Awards, where he was honored as “Best MMA Fighter.”

“I just like competing, and I know if I can compete with those guys I can compete with anybody,” Crutchmer said. “I’m around guys that have done very well. They’re constantly showing us things, making sure we’re doing the right stuff. Having DC here, it’s like having John Smith in your corner.”

Crutchmer tallied a 4-0 amateur record before reaching the next level, with all of his bouts hosted in his home state. His first nonrecreational fight with Bellator MMA is projected to be in October at Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville. However, considering he just put pen to paper Wednesday, Crutchmer said official fight plans will not be finalized until aft this month.

“At the end of the day, man, this isn’t the ending of what I’m trying to do,” Crutchmer said. “This is just the very beginning. I don’t look at it as too big of a deal. I got to sign that today, and that just put me in the position where now I know what I have to do to be able to accomplish the things I want to accomplish. So I don’t look at it as, ‘Wow, this is such a big deal,’ but I’m more looking at it as this is just the first step in doing the things I’ve always craved to do.”

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