Jeff Molina Suspended Amid Links To James Krause’s UFC Betting Scandal

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UFC flyweight Jeff Molina was suspended due to the ties to James Krause, who’s eager with a making a wager scandal. [Image:]

Jeff Molina caught in scandal

UFC flyweight Jeff Molina is acknowledged to get had “big involvement” in a making a wager scandal.

Molina, who trained below suspended coach James Krause, is phase of an investigation fascinating more than one government agencies, Nevada deputy lawyer overall Joel Bekker acknowledged Tuesday while meeting with the Nevada Bellow Athletic Commission.

in cahoots with an offshore sportsbook

Molina was placed on momentary suspension closing month for an unspecified reason. Now it’s determined that the reason was his relationship with Krause, who was in cahoots with an offshore sportsbook. His suspension has already been prolonged.

A fateful evening

The controversy started for the interval of a November 5 fight at UFC Vegas 64 between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. Sportsbooks in several states purchased abnormally gigantic wagers that Minner would lose within two-and-a-half rounds and at closing pulled making a wager strains out of field for contaminated process. Unsurprisingly, Minner misplaced by capacity of TKO 1: 07 into the first spherical.

The New Jersey gaming regulator halted making a wager strains for any match fascinating Krause, while Canadian entities suspended all UFC making a wager in the immediate aftermath.

a self-proclaimed “MMA playing degenerate”

Minner and Krause were each suspended rapidly after the fight. Molina, a self-proclaimed “MMA playing degenerate,” has now joined them on the checklist of exiles.

Krause was a known sports gambler and hosted the “1% Membership” podcast, a sports making a wager-themed talk about present. All of that was accredited by UFC bylaws and was supported by Molina.

“[Krause] trained w/ quite a lot of the fighters, lives and breathes this sport as a coach/fighter, & at events has the news on accidents — non-announced matchups — how fighters ogle love in camp, etc.,” Molina wrote in a 1% Membership Discord channel. “In stocks right here is most steadily known as insider buying and selling in MMA making a wager it’s known as James Krause. For the closing 6 months all my payments including mortgage and automobile reveal were paid by capacity of Krause’s picks.”

Fallout from suspensions

Minner and Krause were only suspended for failing to order a leg hurt on the extinct’s pre-fight medical forms. On the opposite hand, Bekker acknowledged that the ongoing investigation is expounded to a “gaming scheme.” 

All of Krause’s fighters were told on December 2 they were banned from competing in UFC-sanctioned events till the probe was performed. That included Molina, who had gained ten straight fights and his first three UFC bouts and is the No. 14-ranked flyweight in the UFC rankings.

In October, the UFC despatched a memo to fighters that they were now no longer allowed to catch 22 situation wagers on UFC events:

UFC smartly favorable issued this memo to fighters and bosses referring to a trade of their athlete habits policy:

UFC fighters are truly prohibited from playing on any UFC fight, no topic in the occasion that they are eager or no longer. They’ll composed be subsidized smartly favorable no longer allowed to wager at all.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 17, 2022

Despite that, Molina acknowledged by capacity of social media on December 25 that he was suspended for “making a wager on UFC smartly favorable love half the roster does.”

Minner denies any wrongdoing main as a lot as and for the interval of his fight, for the interval of which he furthered his hurt. A health care provider confirmed that he tore ligaments in his knee.

Krause’s podcast and Discord channel get each been shut down in gentle of the investigation. He is on document as asserting closing August that he bets on each UFC card and steadily bets on each fight, including these fascinating fighters he trained.

Krause also acted as an agent for a Costa Rica-essentially based entirely sportsbook. He allegedly draw up accounts and made payments for bettors and has admitted involvement in playing teams.

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