The UFC has been particularly intransigent when it comes to betting rules given the latest developments lately that have shocked everyone. The MMA world has been rocked by the James Krause betting controversy, which got the veteran-turned-trainer into hot water.
Krause acted as an intermediary or agent between an offshore bookmaker and bettors as early as 2019. In this capacity, Krause provided bookmakers with a line of credit and login credentials. According to sources, these players placed bets on the offshore betting site and paid Krause directly via Venmo or PayPal. Reportedly, Krause also offered bookmakers compensation for referring additional players to him.
AT UFC 287, female strawweight contender Sam Hughes picked up a unanimous decision victory over Jaqueline Amorim (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). After her win, she spoke to the media and appeared to admit an insider betting tip.
Hughes said her boyfriend bet $1,000 on her to win, despite the rule explicitly prohibiting fighters, coaches, team members or family members from betting on fights in the promotion.
MMA fans were worried about Hughes considering she could face ramifications for it. A fan wrote:
“Yeah, that’s a real unforced error there. Anyone else with access to non-public information regarding attendees of an MMA match ‘would definitely include a fighter’s significant other/partner.'”
Another fan claimed that Hughes should back down from his statement and consider it a joke:
“She needs to tweet immediately that her boyfriend was playing a joke on her and he didn’t bet on her.”
Another fan wrote:
“Two Words: James Krause”
Check out some of the tweets below:
UFC adopted memo following James Krause betting controversy
The UFC announced in a note sent to athletes and team members last year that no fighter, coach, team member or family member is allowed to bet on fights.
The news came about two and a half months after retired fighter turned MMA trainer James Krause told Ariel Helwani that he made a lot more money betting and promoting fights than as a ‘coach.
Krause reportedly offered betting tips for a fee on a Discord server with around 2,400 members. The organization’s chief commercial officer, Hunter Campbell, wrote in the memo:
“UFC contracted athletes are not exempt from these bans, which state lawmakers and regulators have put in place in an effort to maintain the integrity of our sport. To help our athletes understand their obligations under the laws of the majority of states in which sports betting is permitted, and to further support these integrity measures, the UFC has incorporated a no betting into the Athlete Conduct Policy expressly prohibiting athletes from betting on any game.
Check out the tweet below: