It’s amazing how fast things can change. Less than a month ago, James Krause was working out and staying focused for a fight he didn’t even know existed in his near future. He just knew when the call came he’d be ready. To prepare for a fight without a known opponent, forces you to focus on every skill with an intensity level that is hard for most to comprehend.
Striking, grappling, power, endurance, speed…you just don’t know which piece of the training will prove to be your biggest asset when the time comes.
When James Krause accepted the fight against Sam Stout, just two weeks ago, he knew he had to be strategic. He knew a veteran like Sam Stout was going to be a tough fight. But Krause was ready. Years of training, maturing and finding his own zone made them a solid match. It was an exciting fight to watch and brought us to the final seconds before Krause submitted Stout, catching the UFC veteran in a guillotine from off his back. Stout tapped to the choke at 4:47 of the final round. It was the second-to-latest fight to end by submission in UFC history.
“I hurt him badly in the first round with those kicks and knees but, with two weeks’ notice for the fight and with him being so hard to finish, I knew I couldn’t afford to go crazy to try to finish him,” Krause said. “I wanted to finish him, but I couldn’t chase him all around the Octagon hoping to land a bomb. I had to apply smart pressure. He hasn’t been stopped since 2006, and this is a big win for me.”
It was a huge win for Krause and his boys back in Kansas City. Not only did Krause submit Stout, but he earned Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night. The post-show interviews and the interaction between Stout and Krause during the event add to Krause’s mass-audience appeal. He’s humble and gracious. We are certain to see more of Krause in the UFC and we look forward to it. Krause is a great example for the sport of MMA. He’s a proven athlete with time on his side. Some people are calling him an overnight sensation. Some are coining him a Cinderella story. But for those who see and work with Krause each day at Grindhouse Gym, they know this is reward for hard work, dedication and years of training.