James Krause (fighter)

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James Krause
Born James Leo Krause
(1986-06-04) June 4, 1986 (age 29)
Newport News, Virginia, United States
Other names The James Krause
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Lee's Summit, Missouri, United States
Team Grindhouse MMA
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 22
By knockout 6
By submission 14
By decision 2
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

James Leo Krause (born June 4, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the lightweight division of the UFC. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Krause has made a name for himself fighting all over the United States, competing mainly in the Midwest region. Krause has also competed for organizations such as Bellator, WEC, the RFA, and Titan FC.


Krause was born in Newport News, Virginia but moved to Odessa, Missouri after his parents got divorced when he was two years old. At the age of seven, Krause began training in karate.[3][4] Krause began attending Odessa High School in 2001 where he competed in wrestling and graduated in 2004. Krause opted out of attending college, and instead began working full-time before finding MMA at the age of 19

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[3] 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.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

In April 2009 Krause signed on with the World Extreme Cagefighting. He made his debut for the promotion on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41 against Donald Cerrone. Krause was a late-replacement for Rich Crunkilton.[5] Krause 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.[6] After being controlled on the ground for three rounds, Krause lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Krause was released from his contract after going 0-2 for the promotion.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

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.[7] Krause fought Season One's runner-up, Toby Imada, losing via submission (armbar). The loss took Krause out of the tournament.

Krause was expected to compete on the Bellator 16 card against an unnamed opponent but was forced off the card due to an injury.[8]

Titan Fighting Championships[edit]

After being released from Bellator, Krause re-signed with Titan Fighting Championships. His return came at Titan Fighting Championships 17 on March 25, 2011 against Nathan Schut. Krause won the fight via TKO after connecting with a head kick.

At Titan Fighting Championships 19 on July 29, 2011 Krause fought Pride FC and Sengoku veteran, Clay French, in the main-event.[9] 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 Titan ighting Championships 20 on September 23, 2011, winning via first round submission.

Krause 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 fought Mark Korzenowski. Krause won the fight via KO (head kick) only seconds into the first round.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Krause was selected as one of 32 fighters to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Live which aired in March, 2012.[10] 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. Krause was upset by Lawrence, losing the fight via first round TKO, and ending Krause's time on The Ultimate Fighter.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance[edit]

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 Resurrection Fighting Alliance 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 Resurrection Fighting Alliance 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, Resurrection Fighting Alliance offered Krause a spot on the Resurrection Fighting Alliance 5 card set to take place November 30, 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,".[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his UFC debut, Krause faced Sam Stout on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161, replacing an injured Isaac Vallie-Flagg.[12] Krause won the back and forth bout, submitting Stout with a guillotine choke in the third round. His debut also earned Krause both Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night bonus awards.

Krause faced Bobby Green on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[13] The fight ended in unusual fashion as Green had previously kicked Krause in the groin area twice, resulting in a one point deduction. Green then landed a blow on Krause's belt line, which resulted in Krause falling to the canvas. Referee John McCarthy declared it a legal blow and awarded Green a TKO victory.[14]

Krause faced Jamie Varner on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[15] Krause won the fight via TKO due to injury as Varner broke his ankle in the first round and was unable to continue into the second round.[16]

Krause faced Jorge Masvidal on September 24, 2014 at UFC 178.[17] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Krause faced Valmir Lázaro on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184.[18] He lost the bout by split decision.

Krause faced Daron Cruickshank on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[19] Krause won the fight by submission in the first round.[20]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–7 Daron Cruickshank Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 1 1:27 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 21–7 Valmir Lázaro Decision (split) UFC 184 February 28, 2015 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 21–6 Jorge Masvidal Decision (unanimous) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–5 Jamie Varner TKO (ankle injury) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 20–5 Bobby Green TKO (body kick) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 1 3:50 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 20–4 Sam Stout Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 161 June 15, 2013 3 4:47 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 19–4 Toby Imada Decision (unanimous) RFA 6 January 18, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 18–4 Joe Jordan Submission (guillotine choke) RFA 5 November 30, 2012 3 0:19 Kearney, Nebraska, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 17–4 Guilherme Trindade KO (punches) RFA 4 November 2, 2012 1 0:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4 Amir Khillah Decision (split) RFA 3 June 30, 2012 3 5:00 Kearney, Nebraska, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 15–4 Mark Korzenowski KO (head kick) RFA 1 December 16, 2011 1 0:26 Kearney, Nebraska, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 14–4 Sean Wilson Submission (guillotine choke) Titan FC 20 September 23, 2011 1 2:39 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 13–4 Steve Schneider Submission (rear-naked choke) Shark Fights 19 September 10, 2011 2 2:46 Independence, Missouri, United States Catchweight (164 lbs) bout.
Loss 12–4 Clay French Decision (split) Titan FC 19 July 29, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 12–3 Nathan Schut TKO (head kick and punches) Titan FC 17 March 25, 2011 1 0:41 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Loss 11–3 Toby Imada Submission (armbar) Bellator 14 April 15, 2010 2 2:44 Chicago, Illinois, United States Lightweight Opening Tournament bout.
Win 11–2 Kalel Robinson Submission (triangle choke) Titan FC 15 December 18, 2009 2 2:28 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 10–2 Ricardo Lamas Decision (unanimous) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–1 Donald Cerrone Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 41 June 7, 2009 1 4:38 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 10–0 Matt Williamson KO (head kick) Close Quarters Combat March 21, 2009 1 1:15 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 9–0 Steve Schnieder Submission (triangle choke) Titan FC 12 December 19, 2008 1 1:10 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 8–0 Michael Johnson Submission (triangle choke) FM: Productions November 22, 2008 1 2:55 Springfield, Missouri, United States
Win 7–0 Tim Bazer Submission (triangle choke) IFC: Sturgis 2008 August 6, 2008 1 4:30 Sturgis, South Dakota, United States
Win 6–0 Ran Weathers Submission (triangle choke) IFC: Sturgis 2008 August 6, 2008 1 1:36 Sturgis, South Dakota, United States
Win 5–0 Dan Copp Submission (rear-naked choke) IFC: Sturgis 2008 August 6, 2008 1 1:55 Sturgis, South Dakota, United States
Win 4–0 Douglas Edwards Submission World Cage FC 2 June 28, 2008 1 1:36 Independence, Missouri, United States
Win 3–0 Shane Hutchison TKO (punches) World Cage FC 1 April 5, 2008 1 0:34 Independence, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Anthony Smith Submission True Fight Fans 1 December 7, 2007 1 2:30 Grain Valley, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Kevin Hengler Technical Submission Titan FC 10 November 28, 2007 1 N/A Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Justin Lawrence TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Live March 9, 2012 (airdate) 1 1:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Live Elimination round

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Dillashaw vs. Barao 2". UFC.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "It was an honor to receive my brown belt today along side 2 great teammates. So proud about to be part of the Nova União and Leo Pecanha family. One step closer to the life goal of blackbelt.". Facebook. December 9, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "TheJamesKrause - Myspace". 
  4. ^ Darrick Patrick (November 12, 2009). "10 Questions with James Krause". 
  5. ^ "Ten bouts now official for "WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II" in June". MMAJunkie.com. April 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "WEC 44 card set with Alex Karalexis vs. Kamal Shalorus, James Krause vs. Ricardo Lamas". MMAJunkie.com. October 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Tourney shakeup: James Krause replaces Ferrid Kheder, meets Toby Imada at Bellator 14". MMAJunkie.com. April 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "James Krause scratched, Bellator 16 card complete with eight bouts". MMAJunkie.com. April 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Lashley scratched from Titan FC 19; French vs. Krause, Evinger vs. McMann headline". MMAJunkie.com. July 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter 15' cast unveiled with 32 lightweight fighters". MMAJunkie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Resurrection Fighting Alliance 5 results: Downing outworks Rinaldi for belt". MMAJunkie.com. December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Staff (2013-05-29). "James Krause replaces Isaac Vallie-Flagg, meets Sam Stout at UFC 161". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  13. ^ Staff (2013-09-06). "James Krause vs. Bobby Green booked for UFC Fight Night 31's 'Troops' event". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  14. ^ Brian Knapp (2013-11-06). "UFC Fight Night 31 Prelims: Controversial kick propels Bobby Green past James Krause". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  15. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2014-02-25). "James Krause vs. Jamie Varner booked for UFC 173". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-05-24). "Jamie Varner breaks ankle, James Krause gets TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  17. ^ "UFC 178 adds Donald Cerrone-Bobby Green, James Krause-Jorge Masvidal". MMAjunkie.com. August 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Staff (2015-01-01). "James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro slated for UFC 184 in Los Angeles". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  19. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-04-24). "Daron Cruickshank vs. James Krause set for UFC on FOX 16 in Chicago". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-07-25). "UFC on FOX 16 results: James Krause overwhelms Cruickshank, scores quick win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 

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