NSAC Extends Suspension of James Krause & Darrick Minner Pending Federal Investigation Into Alleged Match-Fixing

The Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously agreed to extend James Krause's suspension as a federal investigation continues

James Krause
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission is extending the suspensions of James Krause and Darrick Minner as an investigation into potential match-fixing continues.

On November 5th, Minner, a former UFC fighter who was coached and cornered by Krause, failed to disclose an injury ahead of his bout with Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. The two are also the subject of a federal investigation for suspicious betting activity after the UFC was notified by multiple outlets of abnormal line movements in the fight between Minner and Nuerdanbieke hours before the event got underway. 

As a result, Minner was released from the UFC and James Krause’s cornering license was suspended by the NSAC. Taking things a step further, the UFC formally announced that any fighter still coached by Krause or training at the former fighter’s Glory MMA Gym would be restricted from competing at UFC events

NSAC Details Complaints Lobbied Against James Krause and Darrick Minner

NSAC Deputy Attorney General Joel Bekker laid out the complaints against James Krause and Darrick Minner on Wednesday before unanimously agreeing to extend the suspension of both individuals. 

“Respondent [James Krause] allegedly allowed Mr. Minner to submit a medical questionnaire dated Nov. 1, 2022 and confirmed statement was true and accurate to a representative of the commission on Nov. 4, 2022,” Bekker said at the hearing.

“It is alleged respondent knew or should have known of a substantial injury that required medical attention and reported to the commission sustained by Mr. Minner and either allowed or encouraged Mr. Minner to fail to report [the injury]. Further, there are ongoing investigations regarding events stemming from and related to that Nov. 5 bout that are yet to be concluded and may bring to light further violations.”

Bekker also referenced the active federal investigation which could result in further sanctions against Minner and Krause pending the outcome.

“Further, there are ongoing investigations regarding events stemming from or related to that Nov. 5 bout that are yet to be concluded and may bring to light further violations.” h/t MMAFighting

Though Krause and Minner are only suspended under the Nevada State Athletic Commission, all other state commissions will generally honor that suspension making it highly unlikely that Darrick Minner or James Krause will find their way into another organization.

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