UFC champion voices strong support for banned coach James Krause amid betting allegations – "Waiting for justice!"

Former MMA fighter turned coach James Krause
Former MMA fighter turned coach James Krause

James Krause is currently in hot water with the UFC and legal authorities amid investigations into suspicious gambling activity regarding a bout on UFC Fight Night 214.

Krause was recently banned from participating in UFC events by the promotion. It was also announced that any fighters who continue to associate with the coach will also be barred from UFC events.

UFC flyweight interim champion Brandon Moreno began training with James Krause in March 2022. 'The Assassin Baby' took to Instagram to show support for his coach following news of his suspension. Moreno stated:

"Waiting for justice!"

See the post below:

The bout in question took place between Krause's fighter Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke at UFC Fight Night 214 last month.

Nuerdanbieke was a -220 favorite prior to the start of the event. But his betting line changed to -420 from the time the event started until his fight began, as numerous bets were placed on 'Wolverine' winning via first-round KO.

Nuerdanbieke proceeded to win the fight in the first round via TKO after Minner injured himself while throwing a leg kick. It was revealed after the fight that Minner entered the octagon with a pre-existing knee injury, which contributed to the early finish.

The matter got even more complicated when James Krause's own betting activity was brought up. The former MMA fighter turned coach has a subscription-based service where he provides betting tips and predictions.

Krause also stated on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he made more money through betting than from his professional MMA career.

The UFC implemented a policy in October that banned all UFC fighters, trainers, and managers from betting on any UFC fights.

In the wake of the James Krause-Darrick Minner scandal, UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell was forced to release another statement to all UFC fighters, as per Ariel Helwani.

See the statement below:

Scott Coker releases a statement in light of James Krause's suspension

James Krause's license has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following investigations into suspicious betting activity. He has been barred from participating in UFC events, and it appears that Bellator could be following suit.

As the head coach of a large and successful gym, Glory MMA and Fitness, Krause has taught fighters from several prominent MMA promotions. Bellator fighter James Gallagher is also a member of Glory MMA and Fitness.

Scott Coker, CEO of Bellator MMA, released a statement regarding the Krause situation. Coker stated that the promotion would comply with any regulations put in place by the state commissions.

See the statement below:

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Edited by Virat Deswal