James Krause's fighters banned from competing in the UFC amid betting investigations

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James Krause's fighters banned from competing in the UFC amid betting investigations

A major investigation related to betting on UFC matches, as well as the possible fixing of one of the matches, is slowly coming to an end and those responsible are beginning to bear the consequences. At the beginning of the 11th month, Darrick Minner fought against Shayilan Nuerdanbieke at the UFC Fight Night 214 event.

The initial odds in the bookmakers were 1.50 for Nuerdanbieke to win and around 2.70 for Minner to win. Just before the fight, the odds for Minner's victory suddenly and drastically jumped and amounted to around 4.30. The reason for this change was information about Darrick Minner's injury.

The sudden increase in the coefficient on the victory of Minner is the result of large payments on the victory of Nuerdanbieke, and this leads to the suspicion that someone shared the information about Minner's injury even before the fight itself.

The fight between Minner and Nuerdanbieke ended after only 67 seconds, and Minner injured his knee right at the beginning of the fight. The UFC has been quick to distance itself from any match-fixing and there is no doubt that Krause and Darrick Minner have hurt them with what happened in this case.

A month after the fight, the actors involved began to bear the consequences. The UFC issued an official statement last night banning all fighters who train under James Krause from future appearances.

UFC statement:

"As per my communication to all athletes and mangers on October 17, 2022, the UFC Athlete Conduct Policy expressly prohibits UFC athletes from placing any wagers (directly or through a third party) on any UFC match, including placing wagers on themselves,” Campbell said in a written memo.

“These same prohibitions against wagering also apply to an athlete’s coaches, managers, handlers, athletic trainers, and other individuals affiliated with the athletes or with UFC." is part of the official statement.

James Krause has not yet made an official announcement, and he shut down his Discord channel after the investigation against him began, a decision that affects many well-known UFC fighters.

Tim Elliott, Grant Dawson, Jeff Molina, David Onama, and Julian Marquez are some of the most famous fighters that Krause trains, and occasionally Anthony Smith and Megan Anderson also trained in his gym. According to many, 36-year-old James Krause stood out as one of the most promising MMA coaches in the last few years, and because of his coaching career, he neglected his fighting career.

James Krause has 36 professional MMA appearances (28-8-0), 13 of which he did under the auspices of the UFC (9-4). He made his last appearance in October 2020 and defeated Claudio Silva by a unanimous decision.