Following an investigation by the Nevada Athletic Commission and a second Canadian province that bans betting on UFC fights, the UFC has taken additional and unprecedented action against those fighting for a particular coach.
Effective immediately, fighters trained or training at James Krause’s Glory MMA & Fitness gym will not be allowed to compete in UFC events. That order remains in effect as an investigation continues into a suspicious fight on November 5 involving a Krause Trainer fighter.
Here is the statement made to UFC fighters and their camps:
Krause, a former UFC fighter, had his license suspended in Nevada pending investigation. He hosts a gambling podcast and also provides tips on an MMA betting discord channel.
Trouble started with the aforementioned featherweight bout in which Shayilan Nuerdanbieke defeated Krause-trained Derrick Minner by TKO in the first round. Multiple sportsbooks in multiple states noted suspicious bets in the hours leading up to the undercard fight.
In particular, the focus is on a big move in the money towards a first round knockout of Nuerdanbieke and the fight being less than 2.5 rounds.
Minner went into the fight with an undisclosed leg injury and threw a kick early in the fight that caused him visible pain. Nuerdanbieke went on the attack, fighting through another Minner kick and finishing it on the ground for a first-round TKO.
Minner is being disciplined for failing to disclose the injury and was released by the UFC on Friday.
US Integrity, a Las Vegas-based integrity firm, launched an investigation into the developments and was assisted by UFC betting integrity partner Don Best Sports.
The UFC pulled Krause out of a Nov. 19 fight he was supposed to corner and will not allow him to corner as the investigation continues. That was followed the same day by an executive order from the New Jersey Division of Game Enforcement directing the state’s sportsbook not to offer wagering on fights in which Krause was involved, whether as a coach, trainer, promoter, or fighter.
On Thursday, the Ontario Alcohol and Gambling Commission closed all bets on UFC fights “due to concerns about non-compliance with AGCO’s betting integrity requirements.” On Friday, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission suspended offering and accepting bets on UFC retroactively to December 1 “due to potential betting integrity risks.”
Notably, the UFC has a major sponsorship deal with DraftKings and consistently advertises quotas during their broadcasts and in the run-up to fights.