While the mixed martial arts world waits to see how the alleged betting scandal involving UFC fighter and MMA coach James Krause plays out, Sean Strickland offers his own take on the situation.
After a UFC Fight Night bout earlier this year involving one of Krause’s fighters, Darrick Minner, came under the microscope due to heavy betting line movement followed by a quick and one-sided defeat, an investigation was launched into the situation. Krause was suspended from the promotion and Minner was ultimately released from contract. Krause is not allowed to coach or corner any fighters, and athletes who do not comply with the restrictions implemented by the promotion can face severe penalties.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie reporter Mike Bohn, Strickland gave his personal thoughts.
“I don’t know what the f*ck happened with Krause, I don’t even f*cking know Krause – but if there is any fight throwing bullsh*t – f*ck Krause,” Strickland said. “The f*cking guy should never be allowed in the UFC and they should close down his gym. Now, if it’s all bullsh*t and it’s just some guys being assholes, then, you know, move on, let the guy have a life.
“But if what they’re saying is true and he was throwing fights and changing fights, f*cking give that guy the boot. He don’t belong here.”
Strickland, who faces Jared Cannonier next Saturday, continued the conversation.
“There’s so much shady sh*t going on,” he said. “Look at the USADA ‘exempt pool.’ There’s so much shady sh*t going on. But it is what it is. That’s f*cking life. If there’s a way to cheat the system, guys are going to do it.”
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