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Tuesday, 07/16/2013, 10:37 pm

James Krause Describes Near-Paranoia Waiting for UFC 161 Drug Test Results


Winner of UFC 161’s Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses, James Krause, can rest a little easier knowing that he has passed his post-fight drug test and the final obstacle between him and his $100,000 bonuses.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA


When it was announced that all fighters on the UFC 161 card passed their post-fight drug tests, no one was perhaps more relieved than lightweight fighter James Krause.


Krause was the winner of two $50,000 bonuses for “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” for his third round guillotine choke that defeated UFC veteran Sam Stout.  Kruase came into the fight at the very last minute, replacing Stout’s original opponent with less than two weeks to fight night.  The $100,000 bonus, of course, was contingent upon his passing the mandatory post-fight drug test.  With the infamous case of Pat Healey losing out on $130,000 for testing positive for marijuana, Krause said he began to worry.


Not that he even had to worry about any drug use or banned substance.


I knew I was going to pass,” Krause told  “I didn’t have anything to worry about.  But man, that’s a lot of money.  It’s a life-changing amount for me.”


Compound that with a month of waiting to hear the results, and you have a very stressed-out Krause.  Not to mention that the drug test results from UFC 162, which took place three weeks after UFC 161, were announced days before.


You just start thinking about everything.  Every little thing runs through your mind, like, ‘What did I have, what did I eat?’


I had a cold about a week before [the fight] and I took some NyQUil.  So then I’m tripping about that.  Anything you take runs through your mind.  You get to the point where it’s like paranoia.”


For now, Krause can rest assured that the $100,000 he earned will be in his bank account without any hassle.  With a payday that dwarfs what he was making with RFA, Krause says he will be looking to “invest [the money] smart and set [him]self up for life after fighting.”


As for what lies ahead for Krause’s career with the UFC, he is open for just about anything.


“I have no idea what they think of me.  They could put me in a couple different categories.  They could put me against another ‘Ultimate Fighter’ guy.  They could put me against a top-20 guy.  I really don’t know.  That’s kind of the crazy thing.  I wish I had the answer because I’d sleep a lot better at night.  I don’t know where they see me right now.  I think I’m a big question mark for therm.”


While it seems uncertainty has been keeping Krause up at night for a while, and may continue to do so, he knows one thing for sure.  When it comes to last-minute fights, Krause said, “I’m not doing that crap again.”


4 Responses to “James Krause Describes Near-Paranoia Waiting for UFC 161 Drug Test Results”

  1. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    I would like to see this guy fight again. He’s good.

  2. KIDD433 says:

    He had a very impressive debut. If he continues to fight like that, He’ll keep making the big $, and make a lot of fans.

  3. KIDD433 says:

    I bet Gaygoyle is already out there talking shit about this guy because he’s a good fighter, and not a dry humper

  4. confucius says:

    lol fuck gnargoyle. Really tho when i saw krause in the first round i kept saying, fuck he looks awkward. Its weird tho because he was doing well but for some reason i kept thinking he looked just awkward in the way he was delivering his shots. Regardless pulled off a sub against stout which isnt easy for a debut. I dont know how this was fight of the night but good job to krause. Im a little tired of watching stouts fights, he just boxes for 3 rounds straight and has a granite chin. Some find that exciting as did i…back in 2006

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