MMA fighters face a ban if they stick with Krause
The UFC announced Friday that fighters still involved with MMA coach James Krause will be temporarily banned from participating in UFC events, pending several investigations into suspicious betting activity.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) notified Krause on Nov. 18 that his cornerback license has been suspended and will remain suspended as the commission investigates the events of the Nov. 5 fight between Darek Miner and Shaylan Nordanbeck that led to multiple gambling investigations, according to the UFC.
He trained Krause Miner in combat. The promo on Friday said Minner was released by the UFC.
Since then, the UFC has advised Krause, and the relevant managers who work with affected fighters, that fighters who choose to continue training by Krause or who continue to train in his gym, will not be allowed to participate in UFC events pending the outcome of government investigations. The above-mentioned “. Furthermore, the UFC has released Darrick Miner from the organization.
UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell sent a memo to UFC fighters and their teams on Friday with similar messages. The promotion said it is cooperating with “multiple ongoing government investigations” into Miner’s fight against Nordenbeck.
“Besides the safety and health of its fighters, the UFC believes there is no component more important to professional mixed martial arts than the integrity of the sport,” the UFC statement read.
The statement went on to refer to a memo sent by the UFC in October, telling fighters that they, their coaches and others involved on their teams are no longer allowed to bet on UFC fights, per the UFC’s code of conduct. Prior to that memo, the UFC had no betting rules.
“This was an extension of the pre-existing Fighter Code of Conduct (which has since been updated),” the statement continued, “as well as recognizing various state, federal, and international laws and regulations that expressly prohibit conduct that threatens the integrity of the sport including, but not limited to “, insider betting based on non-public information, fight manipulation, and other misconduct. The UFC will continue to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure compliance with its policies and enforcement and those of the jurisdictions in which it operates.”
Several sportsbookers reported that they had received extraordinary interest in betting on Neurdanbieke to win by knockout in the first round and for less than 2.5 rounds. The fight odds moved dramatically in the hours leading up to the featherweight bout in Las Vegas, with Neurdanbieke going from -220 favorite to -420 favourite.
After only 30 seconds into the fight, Miner threw a left kick to the body of Nordanbeck and immediately grimace, reaching his left leg. Nuerdanbieke got close and Minner went for another left body kick before Nuerdanbieke dropped Minner with a knee to the head and finished to the floor with elbows. The TKO stoppage came at 1:07 of the first round.
The unusual betting operation prompted an investigation by US Integrity, a Las Vegas firm that works with sportsbooks and game regulators to monitor the betting market. The UFC also said it was investigating the fight with partner Don Best Sports. Investigations are ongoing.
In addition, the Nevada State Athletic Association plans to take disciplinary action against Miner for “failing to release his pre-fight medical form” during the Dec. 14 meeting, according to NSAC Executive Director Jeff Mullen.
UFC President Dana White said last month before UFC 281 in New York that there was “absolutely no evidence that anyone involved bet on” the fight.
“There were some signs that something was wrong, but absolutely no evidence of it [anybody] White said.
Krause and a representative for Minner did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. Neither have directly addressed the situation publicly, though Miner has posted several times on Instagram about his leg injury.
Krause, 36, hasn’t fought since 2020 and officially announced his retirement in an interview with The MMA Hour in August. Krause has trained high-level MMA fighters at Glory MMA and Fitness Gym in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, for years. His most notable current fighter is interim UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno, who is set to fight a title unification fight with Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 238 on January 21, in Brazil. Moreno has been training with Krause since earlier this year.
And Moreno posted on his Instagram account on Friday evening a picture of him embracing Krause, with the caption, “Waiting for justice.”
On November 19, the New Jersey Division of Games Enforcement notified the state’s licensed sportsbook that it was no longer permitted to bet on any fight in which Krause was involved, “including as a coach, coach, promoter, or fighter.”
Krause has been open about his sports betting, running the popular Discord channel and YouTube podcast known as the 1% Club. He also previously contributed a betting show for ESPN on YouTube. Krause’s Discord and YouTube channels were taken down on November 24.
In an interview on “The MMA Hour,” Krause said, “I gamble more on MMA than I do on anything else,” and added that he bets on “every single card, almost every fight.”
On Thursday, the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) ordered registered entities to stop offering and accepting bets on the UFC “due to non-compliance with AGCO betting safety requirements.” The AGCO is concerned that the UFC’s gambling policy only prohibits athletes from betting on fights and does not go far enough to ban all insiders.
“We have made it clear to operators that once the necessary remedial steps have been taken, they may provide information showing that UFC betting products meet the registrant’s criteria,” said Kathryn Cunningham, director of online gaming regulatory compliance. “We are committed to working closely with operators and the UFC to ensure that gambling is offered safely and responsibly in Ontario.”
On Friday, the Alberta state agency for gaming, liquor and cannabis instructed provincial operators to stop offering betting on the UFC.
Krause has boxed many fighters in UFC title fights. As a fighter, he has a 28-8 record, was a two-time contestant on the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” and had a six-fight winning streak in the UFC between 2015 and 2019. He made his MMA debut in 2007, after a decorated amateur career.
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