UFC Vet James Krause Announces Retirement From MMA

Welterweight veteran James Krause has decided to put his MMA career to an end.

Krause, 36, announced his retirement from the sport during “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour” on Monday.

“It’s really hard to let go, but I can tell you with almost 100 percent confidence that you will never see me fight again,” said Krause. “And I’m good with that, you know what I mean? I feel okay with that.”

Krause first debuted as a pro in 2007. He attained 10 wins as a pro before appearing in notable promotions, fighting in WEC, Bellator and RFA in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

Krause’s UFC run spanned from 2013 to 2020, scoring nine wins through 13 appearances.

Krause’s career as a fighter might be over, but he will undoubtedly remain involved in the sport. He is currently the owner and head coach of Glory MMA, a gym that includes numerous high-level pros currently.

Last weekend, Krause was in the corner of Brandon Moreno when he earned the interim UFC Flyweight Championship.

“Moments like [coaching] Brandon Moreno and the rest of my team, I get fulfillment out of those. So you can call this my official retirement or whatever, but I do not plan on ever fighting in the UFC ever again.”

Along with his involvement in Glory MMA, Krause remains involved in real estate and his own podcast, “The 1% Club Podcast.”

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