James Krause Refutes Rumors That He’s Ducking UFC Middleweight Joaquin Buckley

Published 01/10/2021, 7:10 AM EST


UFC middleweight James Krause spoke to Mike Heck from MMA Fighting.com and touched on a highly talked about topic currently. Krause has been in the line of fire of ‘Knockout of the Year’ winner Joaquin Buckley for a while now. Chiefly, the two were supposed to fight each other, however, the fight has never come to fruition,

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Instead, veteran Diego Sanchez has called out Krause, and it seems like that fight is more likely to happen. Moreover, fans online have been trolling ‘The James Krause’ for allegedly ducking Buckley. The experience 185-pounder was keen to set the record straight and laid it on the line.

James Krause on why the Buckley fight fell through

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Mike Heck asked Krause why the fight didn’t happen, and James clarified that he wanted the fight to be booked. He was keen to let it be known that ducking fights weren’t something that was to be associated with his brand. Furthermore, it’s easy to see why a fighter wouldn’t want that kind of image attached to them.

“I’m not really sure. I don’t have the answer to that, to be honest with you. I’ve asked for that twice. I don’t know the answer. I don’t wanna keep talking about it cause I feel like this a fight it’s not gonna happen.”

“Don’t wanna keep talking shit about something that’s not gonna happen. There’s nothing that’s gonna come from it. I don’t think it’s on his end, I don’t think it’s like he doesn’t wanna fight me. I’m not saying he’s ducking me, but to say that I’m ducking him is absurd.”

‘I’m not scared of him’- Krause

The middleweight fighter doubled down on his sentiments and clearly resented the notion that he was scared of Buckley. He explained that his resume held up far better than Buckley’s and that he had faced tremendously stiff competition before.

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“He didn’t…I didn’t hear him say that. But from anyone who knows me or has followed me at all in my career knows that that’s not true. I’ve asked for the fight, they didn’t wanna make the fight. I can’t force them to do it. I’m not sure why I don’t know the answer to that. It doesn’t really matter to me, man. I haven’t lost a minute of sleep over it.”

“I’m over it, I pretty much said I asked for the fight, they didn’t wanna make the fight, no problem but quit saying I’m ducking people’  cause I’m not. I’ve never ducked anyone in my life, I’ve fought, looks at the resume. Look at my resume, compare my resume to his, I’m not scared of him, I’m sure he’s not scared of me. I tried to make the fight happen, they didn’t wanna make it happen, on to the next.”

Chiefly, it’s clear that there’s still some heat to make the match-up work despite some time having elapsed. Both men seem hungry to come out victorious over the other, and this would make for an explosive contest.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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