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James Krause is in some serious hot water.

The last few years have largely gone well for the veteran. Outside of the occasional gutsy short-notice performance, Krause set himself up for success by building his camp, Glory MMA. As head coach, Krause elevated several fighters with middling records to the UFC level, developing a reputation as a technically sound coach and good corner.

Cracks emerged more recently. Krause made headlines for running a gambling advice service, the legality and morality of which quickly came under question. It wasn’t terribly long afterward that UFC fighters were banned from betting on themselves! Then, former title challenger Megan Anderson came out with allegations about Krause and Glory MMA’s legitimacy.

Then, the Darrick Minner vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke controversy began. Minner is a Krause-trained fighter, and suspicious betting surrounding the fight immediately raised eyebrows. Soon afterward, the dominoes started falling. Gambling on UFC fights started getting banned in Canadian provinces, NSAC opened an investigation into Krause, and now, all of Krause’s fighters who continue working with him are banned from fighting inside the Octagon.

Unarguably the most high-profile fighter on Krause’s roster is interim (and former undisputed) Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno. “The Assassin Baby” relocated to Glory MMA ahead of his bout vs. Kai Kara-France, and he’s currently midway through his training to face Deiveson Figueiredo for the fourth time.

At the moment, it’s unclear what Moreno will do or where he’ll complete his camp. However, Moreno did go on Instagram to support Krause, posting a picture of the two hugging alongside the caption, “Waiting for justice.”

Stay tuned for further updates to this scandal.


Charles Jourdain caught a submission loss while on vacation.

Rafael dos Anjos has correctly identified a problem that exists most notably at Lightweight and Welterweight: established contenders don’t want to fight up-and-comers!

Charles Oliveira deserves his rest and recovery after championship-level “emotional stress.”

Despite a seemingly endless amount of evidence that it’s a bad idea, people continue allowing Tito Ortiz to speak for them.

Don’t ask me what’s going on here, because I don’t have any answers.

Kevin Holland entertains, one way or another.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Is there a nastier single punch in UFC history? Francis Ngannou sending Alistair Overeem to the shadow realm stands alone, or perhaps alongside Dan Henderson over Michael Bisping.

Level change fake into front kick is a sweet setup.

Jabbing low then firing the overhand is a technique that never goes out of style in MMA.

Random Land

There are quite a few odd comics in this thread for those willing to click through.

Midnight Music: Reggae, 1982

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.