MMA trainer James Krause not allowed to corner UFC bantamweight fighter Miles Johns at a Saturday UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas following an investigation into suspicious betting activity on a UFC fight earlier this month, sources told ESPN.
Krause had to be in Johns’ corner for his fight with Vince Moraux but was not there. Johns won via unanimous decision and explained in his post-fight interview that the UFC “retired” Krause and the promotion was “suspending” him.
Multiple sources told ESPN that Krause has not been officially suspended by anyone. But the UFC and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) have concluded that Krause should not corner fighters during a UFC fight he was involved in – Shayilan Nuerdanbieke versus. Darrick Miner November 5 – under investigation, sources say.
Krause was told of the decision Friday night at “the dinner table,” Johns said.
Las Vegas-based betting integrity firm US Integrity launched an investigation into Nuerdanbieke vs. Minner after multiple sportsbooks in multiple states reported suspicious bets on the featherweight fight. The fight betting line saw a huge change in the hours leading up to it, including money pouring in on favorite Nuerdanbieke to win by knockout in the first round and for the fight to last less than 2 .5 rounds, according to the US. Integrity. Krause trains Minner and was in his corner for the contest.
In the fight, Minner kicked with his left leg at the start of the first round. He landed, but Minner came limping in, grimacing and reaching down to grab his leg. Nuerdanbieke came forward and Minner landed another kick with his left leg before covering and getting knocked down. Nuerdanbieke quickly finished it with elbows on the ground to earn a first-round TKO. Minner was apparently injured early in the fight, and rumors about it have obviously spread among bettors.
Krause, a retired UFC fighter and highly regarded trainer at Glory MMA in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is openly involved in the world of MMA gaming. He hosts the “1% Club” betting podcast and a popular Discord channel that features his betting tips. Krause has yet to comment on the matter.
Along with the United States integrity query, the Nuerdanbieke vs. Minner fight is also being investigated by UFC betting integrity partner Don Best Sports, according to the UFC.
Minner is also being disciplined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for failing to disclose a pre-fight leg injury on his pre-fight medical form. NSAC Executive Director Jeff Mullen told ESPN’s David Purdum earlier this week that Minner’s situation would be addressed on December 14 at the next committee meeting.
“The betting activity around the Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke The Nov. 5 fight remains under review by our betting integrity partner Don Best Sports,” the UFC said in a statement to ESPN on Saturday. ‘any of the athletes involved in the fight, or anyone associated with their teams, was not involved in any wrongdoing.’
Mullen said Saturday he couldn’t explain why Krause wasn’t in Johns’ corner for the fight with Morales.