Matt Brown reacts to betting scandal in UFC: ‘Long story short, James Krause is f*****’

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Veteran coach and retired fighter James Krause is currently under suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission due to an ongoing investigation into betting irregularities, which ultimately led to the UFC essentially cutting all ties with him.

On Friday, the UFC notified athletes and managers that anyone who continues to associate with Krause as either a coach or just working out of his Glory MMA and Fitness gym would no longer be allowed to compete in the promotion. The UFC stated there are “government investigations” looking into the situation, which stemmed from a fight where Darrick Minner, who counts Krause as his head coach, lost at UFC Vegas 64 after betting lines shifted dramatically against him in the hours leading up to the bout.

The UFC then released Minner from his contract.

While few details exist regarding allegations against Krause, the UFC has already faced dramatic fallout from the investigation including two prominent provinces in Canada banning all betting on UFC events moving forward.

Matt Brown, who actually worked with Krause during his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter season 25, always maintained a good relationship with him over the years but even he can’t help but believe this situation all but dooms his future prospects where combat sports is involved.

“I always thought he was a good dude,” Brown said about Krause on The Fighter vs. The Writer. “Very, very smart with coaching, very smart with business stuff. I actually picked up some tips from him for business stuff. He’s a very intelligent guy.

“Sounds like he went to the well one too many times on this one though, right? He reached a little too far, over stepped his boundaries and now he’s looking like Pete Rose out here. Long story short, James Krause is f*****. Everything he’s worked for is going down the drain from this. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

As a 14-year UFC veteran, Brown actually remembers a time when the UFC warned fighters about the dangers involved with betting on the sport.

In fact, he says the instructional he attended with an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation essentially scared him straight from ever participating in anything related to gambling and the UFC.

“We did a UFC summit back in I would say 2010, 2011, they used to have these summits every year and they’d bring all the fighters out and put us in a room and give us speeches from all these people,” Brown said. “They had a FBI guy come in once and he was talking about sports betting and how we shouldn’t be doing it and how we’d get in trouble if it happens.

“Then funny enough, that just kind of fell off and then all of a sudden everyone’s promoting betting, all these betting sites are out there, everyone’s talking about it. I hear about all these coaches betting on everything. I always kept that in the back of my mind like somebody’s going to get f***** here. Too bad it was James Krause, I really like that guy.”

As an active UFC athlete and coach himself, Brown knows firsthand that a lot of people involved with the sport wager on fights, especially those with information that could help them place more accurate bets.

“I can tell you factually there are coaches constantly betting on fights,” Brown said. “Guys that have inside info.

“This happens in all the different sports. Why are they just singling out UFC? Obviously, we know what just happened.”

As of now, Krause hasn’t been presented with any formal charges stemming from the investigation and it’s unknown if he’ll ever deal with any permanent sanctions.

That said, Krause’s reputation has undeniably taken a massive hit, especially with the UFC preventing anybody associated with him from competing in the promotion while the investigation is still happening.

“He’s just accused right now,” Brown said. “We don’t know all the facts. We have to give him the benefit of the doubt. Innocent until proven guilty, right? But it certainly does not look very good for him. It does not look good for James Krause. I’ll just give my own shout out to him and wish him luck cause I really like the guy.

“He just went to the well one too many times. That’s kind of what I’m looking at. He probably did not break the law in most of these instances, and probably wasn’t doing anything to implicate himself, but then he went to the well one too many times and went pretty deep from what it sounds like. That line moved a lot. He went deep into the well and now he’s got to pay the price for it unfortunately.”

Morning Report: Michael Bisping: Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland ‘might have been the best fight we’ve ever seen’

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Holland
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Michael Bisping was in awe during the UFC Orlando main event this past weekend.

After both suffering setbacks against some of the welterweight division’s best grapplers in their previous outings, Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland were ready to put on a show for the fans. Battling back and forth for four full rounds until Holland’s damage sustained was too much, Fight of the Night honors were handed out and Bisping couldn’t agree more with the selection as he witnessed the action firsthand.

“Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson vs. Kevin Holland might have been the best fight that we’ve ever seen inside the UFC octagon,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel. “I know, that’s big talk. You’re crazy, Bisping. We’ve had a lot of good fights and maybe it’s recency bias, but in Orlando, Fla., Saturday night in front of a sold-out house, the crowd was epic. That fight was ridiculous, okay? Absolutely ridiculous.

“The techniques that we saw from Stephen Thompson, the showmanship and the gameness and toughness that we saw from Kevin Holland, and the excitement back-and-forth. I mean, come on. It doesn’t really get much better than that.”

Thompson was in peak form with his karate-based striking on the night. Outside of an early shot from Holland in round one that rocked the two-time title challenger, “Wonderboy” was firmly in control of the action, landing a plethora of impactful kicks in every round.

Heading into the bout, both fighters made it abundantly clear that they were looking for exciting opponents going forward in their careers and wanted nothing to do with grappling. That showed on numerous occasions whenever there was either a lockup against the cage or a moment finding themselves on the mat.

“Both guys kind of agreed, it was kind of an unwritten rule, we shook hands, they said we’re not going to take each other down, and that was awesome,” Bisping said.

“For these two, coming into this one, agreeing that they were going to fight, my god. Absolutely sensational stuff and they stayed true to that. ‘Wonderboy’ showed all of his skills. The kicks, the spinning hook kicks, the striking, the punching charges, were just unbelievable. But Kevin Holland landed a lot of huge shots as well.”

Despite his complimentary nature, Bisping’s commentary received some flack from the community. As the fight progressed, Holland visibly began dealing with an injury to his right hand, leading to his demise via doctor stoppage between rounds four and five.

During the brief grappling engagements, Holland more often than not found himself in advantageous positions, which Bisping believes “Trailblazer” should have gone back to more. No matter how exciting one may want to be, winning is the name of the game after all.

“It wasn’t a criticism, I was critiquing the performance,” Bisping clarified. “Because as analysts, as commentators, that’s what we have to do. Granted, at that moment in time when the fight was happening, it was sensational. I even said this might have been one of the greatest fights I’ve ever witnessed. As I say, maybe a little recency bias, but you can’t deny that fight was sensational.

“So you kind of had some people scratching their heads after the fact that I said Kevin Holland should have gone for takedowns. And he should have. Because yes, as a fan, sensational, and this is certainly not a criticism of Kevin Holland. No way, that fight was amazing, but when it’s done, it’s our jobs as analysts to sit down and say what could have went different?”


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Toughness. Kevin Holland headed to surgery after breaking multiple bones in hand at UFC Orlando


VIDEO STEW

The MMA Hour.

UFC 282 Embedded 1.

Ankalaev’s top knockouts.

Bryce Mitchell’s promise.

Free fight.

UFC Journey: Part 1.

UFC 282 Co-main event breakdown.

A dream come true.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Still rivals.

Well, I don’t know about that...

Finally.

Not too shabby.

Is there one?

Reaction.

Matchmaking.

It is all over.

Peace out, girl scout.

Quite a list.

Above the nut.

Just bleed.

Gains.

Smile.

Oh, Arnold.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Santiago Ponzinibbio (29-6) vs. Alex Morono (22-7); UFC 282, Dec. 10

Jimmy Flick (16-5) vs. Charles Johnson (12-3); UFC Vegas 67, Jan. 14

Lukasz Brzeski (8-2-1, 1 NC) vs. Karl Williams (7-1); UFC Fight Night, March 11

Demetrious Johnson (31-4-1) vs. Adriano Moraes (20-4); ONE on Prime Video 10, May 5


FINAL THOUGHTS

Thompson vs. Holland was thoroughly enjoyable and I actually haven’t really seen anyone go this far in terms of ranking it as a fight. It should probably be getting more love than it appears to be getting, but not sure if it deserves the absolute most love imaginable... if that makes sense. Either way, it was indeed an undeniably awesome fight. Best ever? Not for me, personally.

Thanks for reading!


POLL POSITION

Last Week’s Results:

Friday: 68% of 528 total votes answered “Rafael dos Anjos” when asked, “Who wins tomorrow?” dos Anjos defeated Bryan Barberena via second-round submission (neck crank) at 3:20 in UFC Orlando’s co-main event.

Thursday: 69% of 472 total votes answered “Tai Tuivasa” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?Sergei Pavlovich defeated Tuivasa via first-round knockout (punches) at 0:54 at UFC Orlando.

Wednesday: 55% of 574 total votes answered “Stephen Thompson” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Thompson defeated Kevin Holland via fourth-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 in UFC Orlando’s main event.

Tuesday: 72% of 748 total votes answered “No” when asked, “Will you watch Power Slap League?

Monday: 84% of 529 total votes answered “No, he should be lower” when asked, “Does Islam Makhachev deserve to be the No. 2 ranked P4P fighter in the UFC?

Today’s exit poll:


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Alex Morono replaces Robbie Lawler, faces Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 282

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With Robbie Lawler suffering an injury that has knocked him out of UFC 282, Alex Morono has accepted a short-notice opportunity to face Santiago Ponzinibbio on Saturday’s pay-per-view card.

Multiple people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday. The MMA Underground initially reported the matchup.

The fight will take place at a catchweight of 180 pounds.

Currently riding a four-fight win streak, Morono accepted the opportunity to face Ponzinibbio on just six days’ notice prior to the event. He has put together his best streak since joining the UFC roster with consecutive victories over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, David Zawada, Mickey Gall and Matthew Semelsberger.

Now he takes on Ponzinibbio, who is seeking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back split decision losses to Geoff Neal and Michel Pereira. Overall, Ponzinibbio has gone 8-3 over his past 11 fights including wins over Neil Magny, Mike Perry and Gunnar Nelson.

As of now, the UFC hasn’t officially reordered the card but it’s expected that Ponzinibbio and Morono will remain on the main card, which kicks off at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Charles Johnson in for Jeff Molina at UFC Vegas 67, faces Jimmy Flick

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James Krause student Jeff Molina has withdrawn from UFC Vegas 67, and Charles Johnson has replaced him to fight the returning Jimmy Flick.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting the shift, which comes days after Krause and his students were barred from participating in the UFC pending the results of multiple government investigations into suspicious betting. Verbal agreements are in place for the bout with contracts expected shortly.

UFC Vegas 67 takes place Jan. 14 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The official bout order for the card has not been announced.

Johnson makes his third octagon appearance after notching his first UFC win with a split call over Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC Vegas 65. The win followed a debut loss against Muhammad Mokaev for the former LFA champ.

In Johnson’s way is Flick, who makes his first UFC appearance after retiring from the sport. Flick unexpectedly hung up his gloves in 2021 after a debut octagon win over Cody Durden. The submission specialist expressed concerns about his future and aimed to focus on his other career as a machinist. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Flick explained his change of heart as the result of a change in his relationship status and desire to leave a mark on the sport.

UFC Vegas 67 is expected to be headlined by a middleweight fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Nassourdine Imavov.

T.J. Dillashaw notifies UFC of retirement following latest shoulder surgery

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Two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has notified the promotion that he is retiring from the sport of MMA.

UFC officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Dillashaw’s manager, Tiki Ghosn, has informed the promotion of Dillashaw’s decision to retire. Michael Wonsover first reported the news on Twitter.

The decision to retire comes after Dillashaw was forced to undergo another extensive surgery to repair damage done to his shoulder following his most recent loss, which came against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 281. Dillashaw has been plagued by shoulder injuries in recent years, having surgery on both arms while serving a two-year suspension under the UFC’s anti-doping program for using recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO).

The latest surgery was expected to keep Dillashaw sidelined for at least the next year with another surgery possible in the future. That, however, was ultimately a bridge too far for Dillashaw to expect any reasonable timeline to return to action, which led to the decision to notify the UFC that he would retire from MMA.

If his retirement extends to all combat sports, Dillashaw retires as one of the top bantamweights in MMA history with two separate title reigns in the UFC.

Dillashaw became champion with a shocking upset over Renan Barao in 2014 and then repeated that performance with another dominant showcase against the Brazilian just over one year later. He dropped the title in a razor close split decision Dominick Cruz, but then rattled off two more wins before knocking out former teammate Cody Garbrandt to reclaim the belt.

Following a second win over Garbrandt, Dillashaw then made the decision to attempt to become a two-division champion after dropping down to flyweight to challenge for the 125-pound title. Unfortunately, he came up short, falling to Henry Cejudo in just 32 seconds.

Afterward, Dillashaw relinquished his bantamweight title after revealing he had tested positive for EPO, which led to his two-year suspension. He eventually returned with a win over Cory Sandhagen before falling to Sterling.

Dillashaw retires with a 17-5 record overall.