Following his absence from the octagon since October 2020, many mixed martial arts and UFC fans are asking, where is James Krause? 

A professional MMA career that consisted of 36 appearances in the cage ended abruptly when Krause defeated Claudio Silva towards the latter stage of 2020. With such success stemming from his 13-fight UFC tenure, it was a surprise the ultra-talented Virginia-born and raised fighter disappeared from active competition. 

James Krause: The Fighter

Boasting a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Leonardo Pecanha as well as a diverse striking offense that’s awarded his pro MMA career with eight knockout victories, combat sports veteran and long-term UFC roster member James Krause was enjoying a prosperous journey in the world of mixed martial arts before his sudden absence arose. 

Initially starting his tenure throughout the Midwest region of the United States, Krause journeyed through some of the most notable MMA promotions on the planet (WEC, RFA, Bellator, Titan FC) before arriving in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 

Some fans have questioned his presence in recent years and wondered why such a talented fighter would step back from active competition. 

For those wondering why Krause can be seen cage side during countless MMA events, Krause has a newfound passion for teaching and evolving his students to the highest level of competition. 

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As the owner of Glory MMA & Fitness, it’s a rare occasion where Krause won’t be cornering one of his many talented students. Jeff Molina, David Onama, and Michael Aswell are just a handful of familiar names training under the tutelage of Krause at his gym. 

The entrepreneurial spirit of Krause also stems from part ownership of alternative gyms like Kansas City Fighting Alliance and Metro PCS stores located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

Technically, Krause hasn’t retired from professional MMA competition, and aged 35-years-old he isn’t necessarily in a position where he cannot return to the cage. A significant UFC win streak between 2017-2019 positioned him as a top contender within the welterweight division, including a highlight knockout victory over Warlley Alves, where Krause entered this bout as a +260 betting underdog. 

Caesars sportsbook Kansas was the ideal operator for winning tickets on Krause, as he flew the flag for MMA in K-State, and bettors managed to cash in on nine profitable tickets during his UFC career since 2013.    

Avid MMA handicappers may never receive the opportunity to cash another winning ticket on Krause, but it was good whilst it lasted. 

With that said, never say never, as one day, the UFC veteran may seek out a retirement fight or, better yet, return to the octagon for more than one contest. But for now, there’s no denying where his passion is focused. 

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James Krause: The Coach

Thirteen UFC bouts down the line and more than a year of no active competition, Krause has evolved his position in pro-MMA to helping others achieve their goals. 

“I haven’t told anybody that I’m retiring, but I’m not really actively looking to fight or anything like that,” Krause commented on a podcast. “I don’t know. It’s weird. I’ve said this quite a bit. I wanted three things at the end of this whole thing. 

“One, I wanted to go out on a win. Two, I wanted to go out on my terms. I didn’t want the UFC to say, ‘Hey man, you’ve lost three in a row, we’re going to cut you,’ or whatever. One of those nudges, nudge things where the fighter doesn’t realize he should have done a long time ago. We see it all the time. Lastly, I just wanted to create some financial freedom from the sport of MMA. I’ve done all three of those things. If I left today, all three of those things are accomplished.” 

Krause also highlighted that the door isn’t closed on MMA, but we could assume from the main topics he’s discussed since removing himself from active competition suggest he isn’t hell-bent on returning to the cage. 

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We may never see Krause compete in another fight, but we’ll undoubtedly see him cage side as he continues his love for coaching at his Kansas City-based gym, Glory MMA & Fitness. 

“I think a lot of time what the problem is with the fighters is this is one of the hardest sports in the world to quit because they want that drug,” Krause said. “They want that highest high, and they don’t want to go out on the lowest low. So, constantly seeking the drug again. For me, I’m still getting the drug. It’s just I’m getting it differently now. It’s an easy segue into coaching for me. I’m still heavily involved in the sport. I’m still at the fights. 

“As a competitor, I’m still being fulfilled from the MMA standpoint. Honestly, more so even. You can watch me at the end of my fights. I don’t smile. It’s not a big deal to me. I’ve been fighting for 15 years, and I’m not saying I’m not happy to win or anything like that, but watch me after one of my wins and then watch me after one of my people wins. It’s different. I get much more fulfilled from watching other people’s success than I do my own.”