As I touched on with the previous blog, this past Saturday night was UFC 161, and its FX-broadcasted undercard portion featured the UFC debut of local Kansas City area fighter James Krause. I’m happy to say that his debut could not have gone much better than it did.
Krause, and opponent Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout, nearly went the full 15 minutes in their fight. James dominated the first round, including a perfectly-placed kick that opened up Stout near his right eye. The second round was much closer – James likely edged out Sam for round 2, but his corner with the mentality of losing that round (fight took place in Canada, against a Canadian opponent, never leave it to the judges’ decision if possible). The third and final round was closely contested, and in the final minute, Stout went in for a takedown to try and steal the round, and possibly the fight. Krause was ready for it, transitioned into a guillotine choke, and forced a tapout with 13 seconds remaining in the fight.
Their battle earned both Krause and Stout bonuses of $50,000 each for Fight of the Night honor, and Krause picked up an additional $50,000 bonus for Submission of the Night. Not a bad way to get your first UFC fight under your belt.
Krause and his fight camp returned back to Kansas City yesterday evening, and he is back at work today, having called in to SportsRadio 810 from his gym (Grindhouse MMA) to talk with The Border Patrol. 8/28/2013 is quickly approaching, and the UFC on Fox Sports 1 event will have a fight with 24-9 fighter Bobby Voelker. In addition to Voelker and Krause, GrindHouse also features several other fighters with UFC experience, including Tim Elliott (who will fight 8/31/2013 at UFC 164) and Zak Cummings (member of Team Sonnen for the Sonnen/Jones season of UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter”).
There are also many other GKHC fighters with MMA experience in other companies/promotions – Sherdog has some information on fighter association by camp. Feel free to get to know them.
As the old saying goes, there’s no rest for the wicked. With great sacrifice comes great reward, and the countless hours of sacrifice that these fighters have collectively put in have already earned rewards. As much as I may hype James Krause, don’t blink an eye at any of the other fighters out of Grindhouse. Additionally, if you’re around the Kansas City area and looking to train in virtually any aspect of MMA, don’t hesitate to reach out to Grindhouse and check out their class schedule.