For the past seven years, James Krause has competed with the best of the best in the UFC.
Krause, a 27-fight winner overall, recently talked with Nathan Rogers for the first edition of Caged Chaos from MMA Futures.
This past February, Krause stepped in on short, short notice to meet Trevin Giles at UFC 247, suffering a controversial split decision loss. The defeat snapped an impressive six-fight win streak for the 33-year-old.
“I thought the fight made sense,” Krause said. “I thought it was one of the best moves I’ve made. I got a new contract out of it, had a good matchup and I thought I won even with no camp. I would do it again even knowing the result.
“I felt like I won the fight, but that’s water under the bridge.”
Krause admitted that his management team continues to fight the result, which came under a cloud of controversy when it was revealed that one of the judges, Joe Soliz, trained with Eric Williams – who was in the corner for Giles that night – at Elite MMA. He left the gym in 2010 after earning his black belt.
“I’m not pursuing it, but my management team still feels like it will get overturned,” Krause said. “It’s nothing I care about, just frustrating on my end.”
For now, Krause continues to build his network even while under lockdown in Kansas City.
“It kind of sucks, but I’m using the time to get situated and all that stuff,” he said. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime. The whole globe is shutdown. Whatever your craft is, you should be looking to improve.
“If the whole competition is resting, why would you want to sit and rest with them. That doesn’t make sense to me.”