One-time UFC title challenger Megan Anderson is airing some dirty laundry regarding her experience training under famous MMA coach James Krause.
At UFC 259, Anderson competed against reigning two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes for the women’s featherweight championship. Nunes scored an inverted triangle submission just over the two-minute mark, sending Anderson into early retirement. Almost two years later, Anderson is shedding light on the details of her training for the biggest fight of her MMA career. Specifically, the lack of training she received under Krause. In a now-deleted tweet, Anderson said:
“When you only received 1 x 30min pad session a week for the entire 7 months I was I camp and received no other individual coaching, no one picking my training partners/rounds or even coaching me through those rounds the entire time, when no matter how many times I asked to sit down and talk about a game plan an excuse was always given for it to never happen then its not throwing them under the bus… its saying exactly what happened.
“Now Brandon (Moreno) had a personalized session every single day, whenever he traveled for the UFC Spanish broadcast the coach traveled with him to make sure he had personalized training at all times,” she wrote about Krause. “If you’re telling me that just 1 x 30mins pad session a week is enough for a world title fight against the greatest female fighter of all time is enough coaching then you’re delusional.”
Megan Anderson took things one step further when she seemingly accused UFC color commentator Laura Sanko of engaging in lascivious acts with James Krause. Responding to Anderson on Twitter, a fan tweeted, “Imagine going to Glory MMA of all places for proper coaching and then somehow sleeping with James Krause, Lord have mercy.” Anderson snapped back at the comment, tweeting:
“You should look at Sanko about that actually..”
Former Teammate Jeff Molina Responds to the Accusations Made by Megan Anderson
Dana White’s Contender Series alumni Jeff Molina, who also trains out of Glory MMA under Krause, called bullsh*t on Megan Anderson’s accusations while making a slew of his own. In his response, ‘El Jefe’ claims that Anderson was complacent during training, often opting to sit out of sparring sessions and even claimed that Anderson has an “alcohol problem,” citing an instance where she was “sloshed” six weeks out from her fight with Amanda Nunes.
“This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Way to wait until MMA twitter is trashing JK for his fighter fighting injured just like 90% of fighters do just cause u want some Twitter clout,” Molina wrote.
“I was there your entire training camp for Nunes. You sat out 99% of the live rds, you would ask your training partners “jokingly” to let you win the rd, you were the laziest training partner always talking about how tired you were 5min into drilling, you would intentionally hurt training partners who were new and had an obvious skill gap (you broke a soccer moms nose in probably one of the few rds of sparring you did outside of practice), you have an alcohol problem and we’re sloshed a month and a half before your title fight, you burned bridges with every single person in the gym including the front desk guy because of how much of a head case you are. Don’t forget how Krause talked you off the ledge before every fight and how complimentary you were of him for changing your career and life.
“You lose one fight and now evervthing changes? Take some accountability for yourself. You lost that fight the second you signed the dotted line-look in the mirror that’s why you lost that fight.”
— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) November 10, 2022
Since retiring from the sport in 2021, Megan Anderson has gone on to work as an analyst for Invicta FC and ESPN. She continues to be a popular content creator on the streaming site Twitch where she has more than 43,000 followers. She even teased a turn in Hollywood on social media recently. While we may never see her again inside the cage, Megan Anderson is far from done making her mark in the world of combat sports and beyond.