UFC Star Jeff Molina Receives Suspension for Allegations of Involvement in James Krause Investigation

‘El Jefe’s license will continue to be suspended after the temporary injunction last month due to his alleged part in Krause’s ongoing betting scandal

Jeff Molina, James Krause
Credit: Jeff Molina, James Krause (via Instagram)

Jeff Molina received a suspension for his alleged involvement in the ongoing betting scandal of James Krause.

Flyweight fighter Jeff Molina made his way to the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series, when he defeated Jacob Silva in Aug. 2020. He got off to a successful start under the banner and racked up a three-fight win streak before his fighting career turned upside down.

Last month, James Krause of Glory MMA faced legal troubles for potentially using insider information for betting predictions to make money through a paid Discord server.

Jeff Molina suspended for alleged involvement in James Krause betting scandal

According to MMA Junkie, Jeff Molina received a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NNAC) at a monthly meeting. The decision was a result of the ongoing investigation into James Krause’s betting scandal.

“Evidence has come to light, leading to allegations that respondent Jeff Molina was involved in some substantial way in the gaming scheme currently under ongoing investigation related to James Krause,” Nevada Attorney General’s Office representative Joel Bekker said. “Based on this evidence pursuant to NRS 467.117, executive director (Jeff) Mullen temporarily suspended the respondent’s license on Dec. 15, 2022. It is now being requested this suspension be continued pending the resolution of investigations and any subsequent disciplinary action.”

Molina was handed a temporary suspension earlier

The boiling point regarding Krause’s betting community was the showdown between Darrick Minner and Nuerdanbieke Shayilan at UFC Fight Night 214 two months ago. There was significant movement in the betting line just hours before the fight. Considering Minner went into the bout with a knee injury and lost in about a minute, the suspicion grew further, resulting in a federal investigation.

After Krause’s betting group came to light, the UFC forbid athletes on its roster from placing any wagers on their sport. The company followed up with another message banning anyone who trained under Krause from competing inside the octagon.

The 25-year-old was handed a temporary suspension in December 2022 after he got linked to the betting controversy. He was originally lined up to face Jimmy Flick this past Saturday but the matchup fell through due to the suspension. However, it appears unlikely he would compete again unless proven innocent.

Published on January 17, 2023 at 6:34 pm
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