James Krause isn’t retiring, but he’s ‘not actively looking to fight’ anymore as he transitions full-time to coaching

James Krause doesn’t necessarily take a break, but there’s a chance he’ll fight in the UFC octagon one last time.

The veteran heavyweight boxer, who has been on the UFC roster since 2013, revealed in an appearance on The Fighter vs. The Writer that he no longer wants to book any matches for himself these days as he transitions full-time to coaching and running his own gym, Glory MMA.

According to Krause, he is still likely for a short notice opportunity, like the offer he made to face Chris Curtis only recently with only 24 hours left until the event. But if he doesn’t, he won’t be looking for UFC matchmakers to place him up against an opponent.

“I haven’t told anyone I’m going to retire, but I’m not really actively looking to fight or anything like that,” Krause said. “I don’t know. It’s weird. I’ve said this quite a lot. There are three things I want at the end of this whole thing.

“One, I want to win. Two, I want to go on my terms. I don’t want the UFC to say, “Hey man, you’ve lost three fights in a row, we’re going to take you down,” or whatever. One of the nudge moves that the boxer didn’t realize should have been done a long time ago. We see it all the time. Ultimately, I just want to make some financial freedom from the sport of MMA. I did all three of those things. If I left today, all three of those things would be done. ”

Krause’s last game came in October 2020 with the veteran winning unanimously over Claudio Silva, lifting his record to 7-1 in his last eight games. , with Krause’s only loss coming through a controversial split decision in a short game. against Trevin Giles at 185 pounds.

Another opportunity like the match against Giles is probably the only way for Krause to end up competing, which is why he’s not willing to use a word like retirement in relation to a fighting career. mine.

“I’m not saying I’m done,” says Krause. “Obviously, I’m going to jump on the notice a day in advance. That seems easier to me. I practice every day. That’s what it is. I love coaching. I like 70s fights, pro and amateur. This October is actually my 15th year fighting since my first fight. At some point, you have to finish.

“I always say that I want to quit my job a little earlier than a little later. Again, I’m not saying I’m done fighting, but I’m not actively seeking to fight either. I don’t know what that means, but if I finished today, if I never fought again, I would be happy with what I did as a fighter and I even even happier with the transition to team building and coaching. ”

Recently, Krause has remained fixed in UFC broadcasts, except he’s been working a corner while he’s training a growing list of boxers out of the gym in Kansas City. his.

Personally, he loves competing so much, Krause admits he gets more pleasure from watching his fighters succeed, which helps him know he’s likely never to compete. but he will still have a lot of fun with the sport.

“I think a lot of the time the problem with boxers is that this is one of the hardest sports in the world to quit because they want that drug,” explains Krause. “They want that top and they don’t want to come out the bottom. So they are constantly looking for drugs again. As for me, I’m still on medication. It’s just that now I’m doing it differently. It was an easy distinction in training for me. I am still very much involved in the sport. I’m still fighting.

“As a competitor, I am still being completed from an MMA standpoint. Honestly, even more so. You can watch me at the end of my match. I do not smile. It’s not a big deal for me. I’ve been fighting for 15 years and I’m not saying I’m not happy to win or anything like that, but watch me after one of my wins and then watch me after another one. My people win. It’s different. I get more success looking at other people’s success than my own. “

Coaching has always been Krause’s passion, but now it requires more of his time and he couldn’t be happier with the decisions he’s made regarding his career.

Krause never touted himself as a future champion, and his desire to win UFC gold was not the main quest after he decided to become a professional fighter.

But one day, Krause hopes to be able to coach and coach a world champion, because that means more to him than anything he’s ever done in the cage.

“I do [like coaching more than fighting],” Krause said. “In a grand scheme of things, sometimes it gets tough, travel and things like that. I was on the road. This is my first weekend off in a long time, maybe 10 weeks, 11 weeks.

“So I’m on the road almost every weekend, so it can be a bit tedious, but everything is in moderation. Water is good, but if you have too much, it can kill you. Everything is good in moderation. But overall, I love training more than fighting. ”

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Dustin Huang

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