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James Krause

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  • Given Name: James Leo Krause
  • MMA Record: 22-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1986.06.04
  • Last Fight: July 25, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Glory MMA and Fitness
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 75.0" (191cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $171,692 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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James Leo Krause is an American MMA fighter currently signed to the UFC. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, he has made a name for himself fighting all over the United States, competing mainly in the Midwest. Krause has also competed for top organizations such as RFA, Titan FC, Bellator and WEC. He has notable wins over Michael Johnson, Toby Imada and Sam Stout. Of his twenty wins, eighteen have been finishes including thirteen submissions. He has never been finished by T/KO. He has earned the "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" bonuses one time each.

Krause was born on June 4, 1986 in Newport News, VA but moved to Odessa, Missouri after his parents got divorced when he was two years old. Krause began attending Odessa High School in 2001, graduating in 2004. Krause opted out of attending college and instead began working full-time before finding MMA.


Before turning professional in 2007, Krause had an astonishing amateur career with a record of 18-1, holding two championships and for six consecutive months was ranked as the number one amateur in the country. On November 28, 2007, Krause made his long awaited professional debut for Kansas' Titan Fighting Championships, defeating Kevin Hengler via technical submission in the first round. Throughout 2008 and 2009, Krause fought all over the Midwest, mostly in Missouri, collecting a 10-0 record with all of his wins coming from stoppages.


In April 2009, Krause signed on with the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion.He made his debut on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41 against Donald Cerrone. Krause was a late-replacement for Rich Crunkilton lost the fight via first round submission (rear-naked choke).

Krause then fought Ricardo Lamas on the preliminary card of WEC 44 on November 18, 2009. After being controlled on the ground for three rounds, Krause lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). He was released from his contract after going 0-2 for the promotion.


Krause signed with Bellator Fighting Championships in April 2010, replacing Ferrid Kheder in the Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament. His first bout of the tournament was originally slated for Bellator 15 but was instead moved to a week earlier and held on the Bellator 14 card. Krause fought Season One's runner-up, Toby Imada, losing via submission (armbar). The loss took Krause out of the tournament. He was expected to compete on the Bellator 16 card against an unnamed opponent but was forced off the card due to an injury and was subsequently released from the promotion after going 1-3 in his last four fights.


After being released from Bellator, Krause resigned with Titan FC. His return came at TFC 17 on March 25, 2011 against Nathan Schut. Krause won the fight via TKO after connecting with a head kick. At TFC 19 on July 29, 2011, Krause fought Pride and Sengoku veteran, Clay French, in the main event. Krause lost the fight via split decision.

Two months after his loss to French, Krause fought Steve Schneider at Shark Fights 19, winning via second round submission (rear naked choke). He fought Sean Wilson at TFC 20 on September 23, 2011, winning via first round submission. He was scheduled to fight UFC veteran, Chad Reiner, at the inaugural event for Resurrection Fighting Alliance on Friday, December 16, 2011. However, a few days before the fight, Reiner was forced off the card due to an injury. After going through five different opponents, Krause fough Mark Korzenowski. He won the fight via KO (head kick) only seconds into the first round.


Krause was selected as one of 32 fighters to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Live which began in March, 2012. In order to gain entry into the Ultimate Fighter house and become an official cast member, the fighters had to win an exhibition bout with another potential contestant. Krause was matched up against the relative unknown Team Black House fighter, Justin Lawrence. He was upset by Lawrence, losing the fight via first round TKO and ending Krause's time on The Ultimate Fighter.


After being eliminated from the Ultimate Fighter, Krause returned to his contract with Resurrection Fighting Alliance. His second fight with the promotion took place at RFA 3 on June 30, 2012. Krause fought a fellow TUF castaway in Amir Khillah. After three entertaining back and forth rounds, Krause was announced the winner via split decision.

Krause next fought at RFA 4 which took place on November 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He fought undefeated Brazilian prospect, Guilherme Trindade. Only 31 seconds into the first round, Krause won the fight via KO. With the fight ending so quickly, RFA offered payin a spot on the RFA 5 card set to take place November 30th, only a month after his latest win. Krause fought journeyman, Joe Jordan, on the RFA 5 card, winning the fight via submission in the third round. During the post fight interview, Krause called out to UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, proclaiming, "Joe Silva, give me a call sometime, buddy,". He would again fight on the RFA 6 card, this time getting a rematch against Toby Imada. Krause would get the win this time via decision, marking the biggest win of his career.


Krause was signed by the UFC in early 2013 while riding a two year, eight fight win streak. He made his debut at UFC 161 against veteran Sam Stout and was able to submit him via Guillotine Choke at 4:47 of the third and final round. Krause had replaced an injured Isaac Vallie-Flagg for this fight. His performance also earned him Submission of the Night as well as Fight of the Night honors for his UFC debut as well as the $50,000 bonus that goes along with each. His next fight was against Bobby Green at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. Unfortunately, the fight would end in controversy. Green was deducted a point after two low blows in the first minute of the fight, but when a third appeared to land and Krause fell to the mat, the referee stopped the fight and declared Green the winner by TKO since he believed that the last kick was legal therefore Krause appeared to be verbally submitting. This loss snapped an eight fight win streak.

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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke
1:27 Round 1 of 3

Daron Cruickshank
21-7-0 16-6-0

UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Rob Madrigal
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Valmir Lázaro
21-6-0 12-3-0

UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jorge Masvidal
21-5-0 27-8-0

UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +270 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Nas - Got Ur Self a Gun
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 1 of 3

Jamie Varner
20-5-0 21-9-1

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Loss | KO/TKO
3:50 Round 1 of 3

Bobby Green
20-4-0 20-5-0

UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
4:47 Round 3 of 3, 14:47 Total

Sam Stout
19-4-0 19-8-1

UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +245 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Fight/Night, $50K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Adam Cheadle
#38 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
UFC 161 Fight of the Night
UFC 161 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Toby Imada
18-4-0 30-17-0

RFA 6: Krause vs. Imada 2
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +100 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.6 lbs (70.6 kgs) | Referee: Mike England
Win | Submission | Choke
0:19 Round 3 of 3, 10:19 Total

Joe Jordan
17-4-0 49-13-2

RFA 5: Downing vs. Rinaldi
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

Odds: -790 (Huge Favorite) | Referee: Bo Nesslein
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:31 Round 1 of 3

Guilherme Trindade
16-4-0 8-0-0

RFA 4: Griffin vs. Escudero
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Toby Imada RFA 4 2012.11.02
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Amir Khillah
15-4-0 10-4-0

RFA 3: Stevenson vs. Cochrane
Main Card | Catchweight | 165 lbs

Referee: Mark Powell
Loss | KO/TKO
Exhibition Bout
1:25 Round 1 of 1

Justin Lawrence
15-4-0 3-0-0

The Ultimate Fighter Season 15: Live
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
0:26 Round 1 of 3

Mark Korzenowski
14-4-0 5-7-0

Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

Cancelled Bout Chad Reiner RFA 1 2011.12.16
Win | Submission
2:39 Round 1 of 3

Sean Wilson
13-4-0 30-16-0

Titan FC 20: Varner vs. Cochrane
Main Card | Catchweight | 165 lbs

Weigh-In: 164.8 lbs (74.8 kgs) | Referee: Chuck Wolfe
Win | Submission | Choke
2:46 Round 2 of 3, 7:46 Total

Steve Schneider
12-4-0 15-21-1

Shark Fights 19
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 164 lbs

Weigh-In: 164.0 lbs (74.4 kgs) | Referee: Rusty Sullivan
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Clay French
12-3-0 18-6-0

Titan FC 19: Krause vs. French
Main Event | Catchweight | 160 lbs

Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 159.6 lbs (72.4 kgs) | Referee: Chuck Wolf
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:41 Round 1 of 3

Nathan Schut
11-3-0 15-5-0

Titan FC 17: Lashley vs. Ott
Main Card | Catchweight | 160 lbs

Odds: -245 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 158.6 lbs (71.9 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:44 Round 2 of 3, 7:44 Total

Toby Imada
11-2-0 25-14-0

Bellator 14
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 155 lbs

Odds: +140 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Al Wichgers
Win | Submission | Choke

Kalel Robinson

Titan FC

Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ricardo Lamas
10-1-0 6-1-0

WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $2,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:38 Round 1 of 3

Donald Cerrone
10-0-0 9-1-0

WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $1,692 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Matt Williamson

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission | Choke

Steve Schneider

Titan FC

Win | Submission

Michael Johnson

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission | Choke

Ran Weathers

International Fighting Championship

Win | Submission | Choke

Tim Bazer

International Fighting Championship

Win | Submission | Choke

Dan Copp

International Fighting Championship

Win | Submission

Douglas Edwards

Missouri Regional

Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Shane Hutchinson

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission

Anthony Smith

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission

Kevin Hengler

Titan FC

Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke

Wes Clark

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission | Choke

Zach Nolen

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission | Choke

Jeff Sveum

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission | Choke

Hank Martin

International Sport Combat Federation

Loss | Decision | Split

Tom Aaron

International Sport Combat Federation

Win | Submission | Choke

James Hollon

Missouri Regional

Win | Submission | Choke

Drew Garcia

Missouri Regional


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