Commenting UFC coach James Crouse has reportedly been working as an agent for an outside sportswriter. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer who is part of an ongoing bet investigation is said to have been working with an outside sportswriter. ESPN The allegations were reported Thursday, citing several sources who stated that James Crouse had been an overseas sports agent for years.
ABCBetting sportsbook agent based in Costa Rica
People who were betting through Krause claim that the coach was an agent for an ABCBetting sportsbook in Costa Rica, dating back to 2019. Krause has already admitted that he was part of an online betting group that was involved in a number of different activities.
Reportedly, his role as an agent saw him provide bettors with sports betting login information and often a line of credit. They would place bets through the site and pay Krause directly if they lost, usually through PayPal or Venmo.
Suspicious betting activity
Krause’s possible involvement in the suspicious betting He appeared after the November 5 UFC fight, training Darrick Miner against Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. Several US government agencies are currently investigating suspicious betting activity surrounding the match.
New York, New Jersey, and even overseas sportsbooks have reported a lot of unusual betting activity on Miner losing the fight in the first round and/or the bout lasting less than 2.5 rounds. In the end, Miner was eliminated after only a minute of fighting.
Following the suspicious betting activity, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has stopped sportsbooks from accepting bets on any Krause-related events. The incident also led to some jurisdictions in Canada suspending all bets on UFC fights for a brief period.
Only UFC fighters and their teams have been banned from betting on fights in October. This included the battles they participated in. Betting was widespread among fighters and their teams prior to the introduction of the ban.
Both Miner and Cross were suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission indefinitely for failing to disclose details of an injury during a pre-fight medical questionnaire. Another of Krause’s fighters, Jeff Molina, was also suspended by the commission. Speaking about his suspension, Molina said it was for “betting on the UFC just as half of the roster does.” The UFC has since released Minner off its books and told anyone who trains with Krause or uses his gym that they will also face a ban.
Krause had a good reputation in MMA before the allegations arose. He was seen as one of the up-and-coming trainers who were helping several UFC title contenders, such as interim UFC flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno.
The subscription betting tips service he ran had around 2,000 subscribers
During a podcast in August, Krause revealed that the subscription betting tips service he ran had about 2,000 subscribers, including many UFC fighters. He also talked about how he bets on every UFC card and almost every fight and that betting was his biggest source of income.
The UFC hasn’t been in the dark about Krause’s betting activity, as he hosted a podcast on the UFC streaming platform. About three weeks after the controversial UFC fight involving Minner, Krause’s betting tips service shut down.