UFC Bans Coach And Releases Fighter Amid Gambling Investigation

James Krause coaching Darrick Minner

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One of the UFC’s strangest stories appears to have reached a surprising conclusion.

At the beginning of last month, fight fans noticed some strange line movement on a fight between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. Then Minner suffered a leg injury during the fight that made the line movement look even more suspicious.

It just so happened that Minner’s coach is James Krause, who is well known for gambling on UFC fights. That led fans to craft come conspiracy theories about the fight and there has since been an investigation into the fight.

That investigation has now led the UFC to ban Krause from coaching fighters in the organization. Today, Ariel Helwani reported that the organization chief business officer informed all fighters that anybody trained by Krause would not be permitted to compete in the organization.

Helwani also tweeted out the full statement from the UFC that had been sent to all fighters and their camps, which revealed that Darrick Minner had also been released from the organization.

This announcement from the UFC comes on the same day that Alberta became the latest jurisdiction to put a stop to UFC wagering.

Before this, UFC betting had been halted in Ontario and it was announced that there wouldn’t be lines available for any fights involving Krause’s fighters.

Glory MMA has a number of fighters currently competing in the organization with the most notable being former Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno. Moreno has a title fight coming up on January 21st and it appears he will now find a new gym in the middle of his training camp for that fight.

Krause actually has a fighter competing on this weekend’s Fight Night card and the UFC has decided to allow Marcelo Rojo to fight against Francis Marshall tomorrow.

Hopefully this will at least lead to our friends up north being allowed to bet on fights again.

John Vaccaro avatar
Associate Editor/Writer @BroBible. ASU Sun Devil. Probably out somewhere complaining to strangers about Dave Gettleman.