James Krause


Injury Knee
Est. Return 4/19/2021
Facing six-month medical suspension
October 19, 2020
Krause was handed a six-month medical suspension due to a knee injury Monday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Krause beat Claudio Silva by unanimous decision despite injuring his right knee during Round 1. He won't be able to fight again until April unless he's cleared by an MRI.
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Guts out win despite injury
October 17, 2020
Krause defeated Claudio Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Krause was doing a good job slipping the wild, powerful shots of Silva early but told his corner he injured his knee after a grappling exchange in Round 1. This led to a few tense moments when Silva fired leg kicks, but Krause was able to land the harder, cleaner shots for most of the fight, which led to victory. Krause dropped a short-notice split decision to Trevin Giles in his last bout but has been rolling in general, having seen his hand raised in seven of his last eight fights.
Booked for Oct. 17
October 4, 2020
Krause will fight Claudio Silva at UFC's Fight Island on Oct. 17 following news that Muslim Salikhov (undisclosed) is unavailable, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
Krause was booked for a fight on 24 hours notice back in February and narrowly lost to Trevin Giles via split decision, so being scheduled less than two weeks away shouldn't be an issue. That loss ended a seven-fight win streak. On the other hand, Silva hasn't fought since August of 2019 when he defeated Cole Williams via submission.
Strong effort on 24 hours notice
February 8, 2020
Krause lost to Trevin Giles via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
Krause literally accepted this fight on Friday and would have won on a mere 24 hours notice had Giles not survived a pair of deep submission attempts in Round 1. Krause understandably tired as the fight progressed, although he appeared to catch a second wind in the final frame. He was giving up a ton of power to Giles, and it's nothing short of remarkable he nearly pulled out the victory given the fact he had no idea he would be fighting this weekend until Giles' originally scheduled opponent, Antonio Arroyo, was hospitalized following weigh-ins on Friday morning. The fact Krause lost this fight is ultimately meaningless. He gained plenty of new fans and certainly earned brownie points with the UFC brass for even stepping into the Octagon on Saturday. He'll also take home a cool $50,000 after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Fighting on very short notice
February 7, 2020
Krause will take on Trevin GIles at UFC Houston on Saturday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Krause takes the fight on just one day's notice after Antonio Arroyo was hospitalized following Friday's morning weigh-in. Krause will look to overcome the difficult circumstances to win his seventh fight in a row. His opponent, Giles, is looking to bounce back from a pair of losses.
Destroys Sergio Moraes
November 16, 2019
Krause defeated Sergio Moraes via KO (punch) at 4:19 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
It took Krause the better part of a round to find his range, but once he did, Moraes was done. Of the 125 total strikes Krause landed, 103 of them came over the course of the final 9:19 of the fight. He deserved a 10-8 on the judge's scorecards for his dominance in Round 2. The finish came when Krause blasted the uber-tough Moraes with a perfectly placed right hand. Krause added a few follow up shots before referee Fernando Portella could intervene, but the damage was already done. The effort was enough to earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Now 33 years old and riding a six-fight win streak, Krause has never looked better. He's going to get a name opponent his next time out.