Following recent ESPN reports, a fresh angle on the James Krause betting incident that stunned the MMA community has emerged. Krause landed in a world of trouble after allegedly fixing a fight involving Darrick Minner.
Krause's role in the betting controversy resulted in the suspension of his corner license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the prohibition of gambling on UFC events by regulators in Ontario and Alberta.
In a detailed story released by ESPN on Thursday, unnamed sources allege that they placed wagers through James Krause, who has functioned as an agent for ABCBetting.ag since 2019. According to sources, Krause provided a line of credit and referral bonuses and accepted payments via Venmo and PayPal.
Darrick Minner's fight against Shayilan Nuerdanbieke at UFC Fight Night 215 sparked abnormal betting patterns. Even as he rose to a -450 favorite, wagers on Nuerdanbieke poured in prior to the bout. Minner, who was coached by Krause, lost in the first round.
Krause, who is well-known for operating a betting syndicate through which he distributes MMA betting picks, admitted after the fight that Minner entered the match with a knee injury.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) suspended Krause and two of his athletes, Darrick Minner and Jeff Molina, indefinitely. While Minner was suspended for “failing to inform (the commission) of an injury in connection with his November 5, 2022 bout", Molina has been placed on suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for undisclosed reasons.
Athletes who continued to train with Krause or at his facility, Glory MMA & Fitness, were informed by the UFC that they would be suspended from the competition pending federal investigations.
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Brandon Moreno forced to swich camps following James Krause's suspension
Brandon Moreno, the former UFC flyweight champion, had only recently joined James Krause's team prior to his UFC 277 bout against Kai Kara-France. Moreno displayed fresh facets of his game en route to a third-round TKO victory.
However, in preparation for his fourth bout against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 283, Moreno had to change his training base. Before the UFC Vegas 64 betting controversy, 'The Assassin Baby' trained at James Krause's Glory MMA facility. The UFC declared that no fighters would be permitted to work with Krause, therefore forcing Moreno to find a new coach.
Brandon Moreno revealed on this week's episode of The MMA Hour that he was indeed working with a new team. According to Moreno, the decision to find a new camp was difficult, but one he ultimately had to make:
“It was hard when everything started. Of course, everything was a little bit hard… I had a long conversation with James. He told me all of the situation, and I understood, but at that moment, I decided to turn the page quickly and decide what I wanted to do."
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Moreno is now training with Sayif Saud of Fortis MMA in preparation for his upcoming title-unification bout. Saud has coached a number of UFC fighters, including Ryan Spann, Geoff Neal, and many others.