ter several trips back and forth to events across the world to corner his fighters, James Krause earned at least the rest of the summer off.

But that’s not James Krause.

“Never that,” he laughed, days before he got on a plane to Abu Dhabi, not to coach on Fight Island, but to fight, as he accepted a short notice assignment to replace Muslim Salikhov and face Claudio Silva on this weekend’s card. His reasoning was simple.

“It was offered to me,” he said. “With my schedule, it’s really tough for me to schedule anything right now, so this fit in great with my schedule. If I didn’t take this fight, I wouldn’t fight again for the rest of the year.”

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Let’s take this with a grain of salt from the man whose first 2020 appearance against Trevin Giles in February came on a day’s notice. So is he really going to tone things down for the rest of the year?

“No promises,” he laughs. “I won’t be on the 10/31 card because I’ve got a guy on that one, two guys on the November 14th and two people on November 28th.”

That’s the type of schedule one has when you’re one of the top coaches in the sport. Just don’t call Krause an MMA coach.

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