Krause, the head coach of Glory MMA, had his world flipped upside down after a recent sports gambling scandal. Everything started to go downhill when the former UFC fighter was on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
Krause told Helwani that his primary source of income was a discord server where he sold UFC gambling predictions. Several months later, the Glory MMA coach was cornering Darrick Minner. The betting lines drastically changed right before Minner fought Shayilan Nuerdanbieke, which was concerning for oddsmakers.
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Minner lost in the first 90 seconds with an apparent leg injury, leading to investigations about Krause using insider information for his betting predictions. The UFC made a new policy preventing fighters from gambling on MMA several weeks ago. They have now taken the next step by shocking the MMA community with this official statement:
“Following the fight involving Darrick Minner on November 5, 2022, UFC was informed by sources that suspicious betting patterns had been observed on the fight. In the weeks following the fight, UFC has been cooperating with multiple ongoing government investigations into the facts and circumstances surrounding that contest. On November 18, the Nevada State Athletic Commission informed UFC and Minner’s coach, James Krause, that Krause’s license was suspended and would remain so while NSAC conducted an investigation into the matter.”
The official UFC statement also added this:
“UFC has since advised Krause and the respective managers working with impacted fighters, that effective immediately, fighters who choose to continue to be coached by Krause or who continue to train in his gym, will not be permitted to participate in UFC events pending the outcome of the aforementioned government investigations. Further, UFC has released Darrick Minner from the organization.”
The investigation around Minner’s fight at UFC Vegas 64 could be just starting. As stated above, UFC fighters are now forbidden from training with Krause at Glory MMA.
Full statement from Campbell, which was just released to all UFC fighters and their camps: pic.twitter.com/Xk05Yoc66x
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 2, 2022
Marcelo Rojo’s fight at UFC Orlando will not be affected despite James Krause being banned
James Krause trains a handful of UFC fighters, including Brandon Moreno, Jeff Molina, David Onama, and Tim Elliot. Marcelo Rojo also trains at Glory MMA and fights this weekend at UFC Orlando. MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter updated Rojo’s status on Twitter by saying:
“I am told that Marcelo Rojo, who trains under James Krause, will still be permitted to compete on tomorrow night’s card in Orlando. The decision was made in the interest of fairness given that the UFC’s athletes just received the memo regarding the decision about Krause today.”
It’ll be intriguing to see how fighters with an upcoming fight react to the new UFC policy. Moreno is scheduled to fight for the bantamweight title against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 283. The former UFC champion now has to switch coaches with a little under two months before fighting in Brazil.
I am told that Marcelo Rojo, who trains under James Krause, will still be permitted to compete on tomorrow night's card in Orlando.
The decision was made in the interest of fairness given that the UFC's athletes just received the memo regarding the decision about Krause today.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 2, 2022