Crutchmer, Lawal have beginning, end to careers at Bellator 233

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Former Oklahoma State wrestler Kyle Crutchmer after defeating Robert Gidron on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 as part of Bellator 233 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK. 

THACKERVILLE - The birth of one and the end of another, Bellator 233 was a milestone event in the careers of two former Oklahoma State wrestlers. 

In his Bellator debut OSU wrestling alum Kyle Crutchmer defeated Robert Gidron by unanimous decision to win his first match while Muhammad Lawal, also known as King Mo, lost the final fight of his career via TKO one minute and 22 seconds into the first round.

Prior to making the move to Bellator, Crutchmer was 4-0 with two submission victories. 

Lawal was 21-9 all-time heading into tonight's fight with 13 career knockouts. 

Crutchmer, a Tulsa native, dominated his match from the beginning. He showed off his wrestling background from the start taking down his opponent multiple times to maintain control of the fight, despite Gidron missing the fight's 170-pound weight-limit.

“My wrestling kind of speaks for itself,” Crutchmer said. “I’d be dumb to not at least attempt it in the first. (Gidron) was big. People don’t realize he missed weight by five pounds.”

After his first win, Crutchmer was exuing confidence and was ready to take on anyone who walked through the door. 

"I'll fight the f------ Rock if he walked in her right now," Crutchmer said.

 After being controlled throughout the first, Gidron tried to throw some new moves at Crutchmer, who was only fazed because of the unorthodox nature of the tactic.

“In the second he just randomly started sprinting at my a--,” Crutchmer said. “Where I train no one really does that. It’s a little bit more high-level stuff.”

Two years into his MMA career Crutchmer has one simple goal.

“I’m in this to prove that I’m the baddest m------------ in the world and if I’m turning down fights, or if I’m saying 'no' to somebody then why am I doing this,” Crutchmer said. 

Instead of seeing his hand raised one last time, Lawal had to watch his opponent, Andrew Kapel, get the satisfaction of a knockout. 

Lawal is known as a knockout expert, but had his career ended the way it was made.

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