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UFC reaffirms Jeff Molina barred from promotion after Nevada Athletic Commission suspension

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Jeff Molina’s UFC flyweight career has been put on hold after the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended him on Tuesday for being involved “in some material way” in the James Krause betting scandal.

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On Tuesday, the UFC released a statement to MMA Fighting confirming that it would not invite Molina to any fights until after several investigations into the scandal centered around suspicious betting activity in the Darrick Minner vs. Shaylan Nuerdanbike fight at UFC Vegas 64. Krause trained Minner, who turned into a major underdog shortly before the fight. Minner, who lost in the first round with a leg injury, later revealed that he was injured prior to the fight.

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“Jeff Molina has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the UFC will not appoint him to any fights, whether in Nevada or elsewhere, pending the outcome of the commission’s investigation,” the UFC said in a statement. “The UFC Athlete Code of Conduct strictly prohibits fighters and their team members from betting on UFC events, and the UFC will take all reasonable steps to enforce this policy. The UFC remains committed to working with the relevant authorities while this matter is being investigated.”

In the weeks leading up to UFC Vegas 64, the promotion amended its Code of Conduct to prohibit fighters, coaches and their teams from betting on UFC fights. Fighters were still allowed to represent betting companies as a representative.

Molina was part of Krause’s coached Glory MMA and Fitness team who were banned from UFC events. Molina was scheduled to face Jimmy Flick last Saturday at UFC Vegas 67 but pulled out of the event shortly after.

Krause and Minner were subsequently suspended by the NAC for failing to disclose Minner’s leg injury. Molina, meanwhile, was suspended pending Tuesday’s hearing, leading to a December 15, 2022 suspension that will remain in effect pending the completion of numerous investigations into suspicious betting activity, which, according to ESPN.cominvolves the FBI and other gambling monitors.

Following the line’s suspicious movement and the confirmation of numerous investigations, New Jersey regulators banned Krause from betting while several Canadian provinces suspended UFC betting; one changed his position after reviewing the situation.

Damon Martin contributed to this report.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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