UFC’s Jeff Molina suspended with trainer James Krause at center of fight-fixing investigation

Jeff Molina, the No. 14 ranked UFC bantamweight, won’t be seeing octagon action anytime soon.

Molina has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, according to an update on this mixedmartialarts.com. The site is the official repository for organized MMA. ESPN was first to report the profile change and suspension.

Molina’s suspension has not been officially attributed to the investigation involving his coach James Krause, but is listed as “uncategorised”.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is a governing body that presides over the UFC. The suspension is currently pending until their January meeting.

Molina was scheduled to fight Jan. 14 before retiring. He trains at Glory MMA and Fitness with Krause. In December, Krause’s license had been suspended and any fighters who train under him will be barred from competing unless they cut ties with him.

Jeff Molina reacts with coach James Krause after his victory over Zhalgas Zhumagulov.
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In early November, Darrick Minner lost via first-round knockout after clearly entering the fight with a pre-existing injury. Many sportsbooks have bet on this fight while massive bets have arrived on Minner’s opponent, Shayilan Nuerdanbieke.

In response to these accusations and questions about the integrity of sport, the Ontario Sports Betting Commission has banned mixed martial arts betting until further notice. Minner was suspended and the NSAC opened an investigation into the suspicious bets.

Molina had been off to a great start since entering the UFC, where he rocketed up the rankings after starting his career 3-0. According to the ESPN report, Molina is involved in the investigation which now involves government agencies, possibly including the FBI.

Jeff Molina has his hands wrapped before his fight
Jeff Molina has his hands wrapped before a fight.
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In a December interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Dana White said “fixing fights is a huge concern, and it’s possible that has happened.” He continued: “If it’s true and it happened, people will go to jail.”

There’s more to come to that end as we inch closer to a crucial January meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

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