James Krause he already had a plan B after the fight, which made it much easier to get out.
This is because Krause’s back-up training plan has long been his priority, as he occasionally jumps into the cage to compete on his own. Having won seven of his last eight fights, owner and head coach of Glory MMA and Fitness has been able to effectively balance both, but his passion for talent management has begun to take precedence over his passion for competition.
Krause (28-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) thinking about retirement some time, but after help coach Brandon Moreno to interim flyweight title Last Saturday at UFC 277, Krause decided to officially hang up his gloves and even walked out of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool.
“I’m happy with this decision,” Krause told MMA Junkie. “I am happy with what I did. Obviously, for me this is a clear transition to coaching on an ongoing basis, which, in any case, I have been doing for a long time.
“A thousand percent (coaching helped me decide). I still get everything that I did as a fighter. I can walk, I can be in the industry. I’m in the industry every week. I’m in Vegas now. Saturday night I’m going for a walk. I’m going for a walk next Saturday. I’m still in those big fights. I still get shivers. I’m still deeply rooted in the sport that I love, that I fell in love with 15, 16 years ago. So for me it was a smooth transition. It wasn’t a problem for me, and I think that’s why.”
Krause retires from MMA after winning. He stepped in on two weeks’ notice to defeat Claudio Silva in October 2020. But it was his fight against Trevin Giles at UFC 247 that arguably marked the defining moment of his career. Krause lost the fight via split decision but won everyone’s respect when intervened in just one day in the weight category above, lose by controversial decision of the judges.
While the last fight of the night against Giles is definitely considered Krause’s most memorable moment, it points to a couple more fights that helped shape his career.
“In terms of fight choice, I’m most proud of my fight with Sam Stout and that’s only because it was my entry into the UFC and the double bonus that night changed my life forever,” Krause said. “So it was a really big night for me. The Warley Alves fight was very important to me because it was my first real fight at 170 pounds in the UFC and I was a 4-to-1 underdog – so I was just proving a lot of people, proving a lot of things to myself.
“But if you ask me what I want to be most famous for or what I’m most proud of being famous for, I think it has to do with the Giles fight. I wasn’t afraid to expose myself. I was not afraid to try new things, take risks and use the sport to grow as a person and as a fighter. I always want to show myself and challenge myself. For me, it was more than a sport — it was my life.”