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James Krause announces his retirement from MMA: “I’m at peace with that”

James Krause the 36-year UFC veteran, who last Saturday trained Brandon Moreno to win the interim title over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277, announced


James Krause the 36-year UFC veteran, who last Saturday trained Brandon Moreno to win the interim title over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277, announced his retirement from MMA on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour.

Krause, owner of Kansas City’s Glory MMA and Fitness, he last competed in October 2020 with a dominant victory over Claudio Silva.

“This last week for me, I had a herniated disc, I have a herniated disc in my neck, and it was giving me real problems going into that fight week. [UFC 277]. And I was very close to officially saying it. It’s difficult to me [decir]. This is the problem with most fighters, it’s hard to let go. It’s really hard to let that go. But I could tell you with almost 100 percent confidence that you’ll probably never see me fight again. And I’m fine with that. I feel good about it«.

I’ve said this so many times, and this is the number one problem with the sport and boxers: This has to end at some point. Has to. And professional athletics as a whole has to come to an end. Soccer players don’t play until they are 50 years old. This has to end and unfortunately we can’t choose it. Most of the time our body picks it up. I am lucky to be able to make my decision now, and I can say it now: shit man, you will never see me fight again,” he continued.

I’m done with this sport. I am at peace with that. I don’t feel like fighting again, I really don’t. My desires and fulfillment have now shifted to coaching. Moments like Brandon Moreno and the rest of my team satisfy me. So you can call this my official retirement or whatever, but I don’t plan on ever fighting in the UFC again.”

Krause exits the competitive side of the sport by mounting one of the best runs of his MMA career. Competing primarily as a welterweight, he has won seven of his last eight fights in the UFC since July 2015.