LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Athletic Commission would not allow veteran MMA trainer James Krause to work in Miles Johns’ corner Saturday on the UFC Vegas 65 preliminary card against Vince Morales, a source with knowledge of the game told Yahoo Sports. the situation. Jeff Mullen, the commission’s executive director, declined to comment.
Johns said in the Octagon after the fight that Krause was suspended and unable to work in his corner. A UFC spokeswoman said the UFC did not suspend Krause, but had no further information.
Johns defeated Vince Morales by unanimous decision with his father and brother in his corner. Johns said at the post-fight press conference that he learned at dinner Friday that Krause wouldn’t be able to pin him down on Saturday. His brother and father did it for him.
The commission’s decision not to allow Krause to corner Johns on Saturday came following questions about a Nov. 5 fight at Apex in Las Vegas between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. Nuerdanbieke won the match in the first round.
Minner, who is trained by Krause, apparently entered the fight at Apex with an injured knee. He kicked early in the fight and re-injured his knee and Nuerdanbieke quickly finished him off. Rumors swirled early in the morning of the fight that Minner was injured and bets poured in on Nuerdanbieke with the line moving significantly in his favor.
The UFC issued a statement Nov. 6 when news of the Minner-Nuerdanbieke fight betting investigation broke, noting in part, “At this time, we have no reason to believe that any athletes involved in the fight, or anyone associated with their teams, behaved unethically or irresponsibly.
Neither UFC president Dana White nor UFC chief commercial officer Hunter Campbell took questions during Saturday’s card on Krause. Krause could not be reached by Yahoo Sports.
Johns said in his post-fight interview that the UFC had suspended Krause, but at the post-fight press conference he said he had no further information and said that he was unsure whether or not it was the UFC that suspended him.
“They just called him last night and said he couldn’t pin me down today,” Johns said. “I’m sure you’ll find out what’s going on soon enough, as will I.”
The UFC further said in its Nov. 5 statement that its betting integrity partner, Don Best Sports, is investigating the Minner-Nuerdanbieke fight.
On Saturday, a source told Yahoo Sports that there was no evidence that Krause, a well-known bettor on MMA fights, had done anything wrong. The source said that with Best’s investigation ongoing, it seemed appropriate to keep Krause away from the fights until it was completed.