American mixed martial arts fighter

James Leo Krause (born June 4, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist and entrepreneur, 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. When Krause is not training for an upcoming fight, he teaches Brazilian Jui Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts out of his own gym, Glory MMA & Fitness in Lees Summit, Missouri. He also owns part of Kansas City Fighting Alliance, KCFA and Metro PCS stores in the Kansas City metropolitan area.[4]



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.[5][6] Krause began attending Odessa High School in Missouri starting 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.[5] 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.[7] 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.[8] After being controlled on the ground for three rounds, Krause lost the fight via unanimous decision. 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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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 Fighting 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.[12] 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,”.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his promotional debut, Krause faced Sam Stout on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161, replacing an injured Isaac Vallie-Flagg.[14] 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.[15]

Krause faced Bobby Green on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[16] 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.[17]

Krause faced Jamie Varner on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[18] 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.[19]

Krause faced Jorge Masvidal on September 24, 2014 at UFC 178.[20] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Krause faced Valmir Lázaro on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184.[21] He lost the bout by split decision.

Krause faced Daron Cruickshank on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[22] Krause won the fight by submission in the first round.[23]

Krause faced Shane Campbell on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83.[24] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[25]

Krause was expected to face Ross Pearson on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[26] However, Krause was pulled from the fight on June 13 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Will Brooks.[27][28]

The bout with Pearson was rescheduled and was expected to take place November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99.[29] Subsequently on October 26, Krause pulled out of the fight citing a torn hamstring.[30]

The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption[edit]

In February 2017, it was revealed that Krause – despite being an active UFC fighter – would compete on the UFC’s reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.[31] Krause was the first pick overall for Team Dillashaw. He faced Johnny Nunez in the opening round and won via submission. He next faced Ramsey Nijem and won by unanimous decision. Krause faced Jesse Taylor in the semi-finals and lost via submission in the third round.

The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated[edit]

On January 31, 2018, it was announced that Krause would join the coaches for Team Stipe in The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated.[32]

Return to the UFC[edit]

After his stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, Krause returned to the UFC to face fellow cast member Tom Gallicchio on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[33] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[34]

Krause faced Alex White on January 14, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.[35] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[36]

Krause faced Warlley Alves on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135.[37] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[38]

Krause faced Sérgio Moraes on November 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 22.[39] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[40] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[41]

Krause faced Trevin Giles on a 1 day notice at middleweight, replacing Antonio Arroyo, on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247 Krause was applauded for taking the fight last minute.[42] He lost the back-and-forth bout via split decision.[43] The bout was also awarded the Fight of the Night bonus award.[44]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]


See also[edit]


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