Octagon Cynosure featuring ‘James Krause’: UFC Sao Paulo predictions & analysis


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:55 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 12:55 PM UTC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will head back to the beautiful country of Brazil and will play host to 12 action-packed MMA contests including Light Heavyweight title runners Jan Blachowicz & Ronaldo Jacare Souza.
<div><div><div><h2 style="text-align:center">James Krause vs Sergio Moraes</h2></div></div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>UFC Fight Night 164 Prediction: <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/james-krause-vs-sergio-moraes-3985508/?mtid=126" target="_blank" title="Fight Odds">1.5u on James Krause @ [1.53] [-188] </a>with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top rated bookmaker">William Hill</a></strong></p><p> </p><h2>James Krause</h2><p>UFC Welterweight ‘James Krause’ returns to the UFC octagon this weekend after a lengthy layoff; opposing him will be Brazilian native Sergio Moraes.</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/uqNSVSk5-KKSN9w0IfBUhPcz2IQ=/0x0:1100x733/1200x800/filters:focal(348x155:524x331)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/54286575/400_James_Krause.0.jpg" style="width:90%" /></p><p>James Krause made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the tender age of 22, to say he’s been around the block would be an understatement. Now aged 33, he’s currently riding a 5 fight win streak in the UFC and is setting his heights back at the top.</p><p>Born in Virginia and raised in Missouri, James would find his love for martial arts aged 7 whilst attending karate classes. In high school is where he began wrestling, a continued education was of no interest to James but combat sports would creep back into his life as a late teenager. Prior to his professional MMA debut in 2007, James dominated the amateur scene with an 18-1 record; it wouldn’t stop there, as he continued the winning streak into his professional career by racking up a 10-0 record on the regional scene.</p><p>World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) would give James his first big break but, after facing some stiff competition in the form of Donald Cerrone &amp; Ricardo Lamas, he would find himself fighting lesser competition in other organisations.</p><p>James return to the UFC was an overwhelming one. Coming in as a late replacement against Sam Stout at UFC 161 in 2013, he ended the fight in an impressive fashion which earnt himself a double bonus totalling up to a one-hundred thousand dollar cheque. In a recent interview with UFC.COM, James passed comment that he would never go broke again, he’d been broke his entire life and “I’ll never go back”, James said. Becoming a gym owner and taking interest in the property market has made it possible for James to keep that promise to himself. It’s been six years since that life-changing moment and in this current climate, he’ll be entering the UFC octagon for the 11th time whilst on a five-fight win streak.</p><p>James Krause isn’t a new breed of MMA fighter but he’s slowly become a legend in his own right. Coaching current UFC stars whilst maintaining his own win streak in the toughest martial arts promotion on the planet isn’t an easy task and this weekend I believe that James Krause will impress us all, once again.</p><p> </p><h2>James Krause vs Sergio Moraes ‘Fight Talk’</h2><p>James has been on the side-lines for over a year and although he hasn’t come up short in a fight since 2015, he doesn’t feel the need to rush anything in his career at this stage. I’m not sure he believes that a title shot is fathomable but when we take a look at the top 15 rankings of the Welterweight division it’s certainly an obtainable achievement for the Missouri native.</p><p>His opponent this weekend will be dangerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Sergio Moraes. I don’t believe for one minute that Sergio is any kind of pushover but, aged 37, it seems to be a slowing down period for the Brazilian. In his most recent UFC contest’s I’ve noticed a lack of cardio towards the second half of the fights and I’m not surprised given the Brazilians energy and activeness early on in his matches.</p><p>I thought to myself If Sergio had a path to victory, where would it be? Obviously, we’d turn to Sergio’s dangerous Jiu-Jitsu game but how costly could it be against James Krause? I don’t think Sergio has energy behind his fighting style that he once did. James will be the larger fighter and shouldn’t struggle to fend off any grappling offence Sergio swings his way. That said if Sergio is to win this fight… his best chance will be on the ground.</p><p>On the flipside I expect James to know his game plan like the back of his hand. There’s nothing I look for more in a fighter than intelligence (so I’ll still never know why I backed Nate Diaz). Fight intellect and the willingness to adapt during a fight has decided the fate of certain fighters e.g. George Saint Pierre, and in the bout this Saturday between James Krause and Sergio Moraes, I expect James to have the intellectual advantage.</p><p style="text-align:center">&lt;iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6xuh-98r3Bs" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p><h2>The Outcome</h2><p>It’s always a risk going into Brazil whilst backing the non-Brazilian fighter but I don’t think we’ll see the judges’ scorecards in this fight.</p><p>The lack of effort and defence in Sergio’s recent bouts have been a concern, I think James will have a huge advantage in the striking area and will be able to fend off any takedown attempts that Sergio might throw his way. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a takedown from James himself given Sergio’s poor wrestling defence. Although I think that would be a stupid move on his behalf given the danger Sergio presents on the ground.</p><p>The questionable chin of Sergio will be at risk; James has the power and technical ability to drop a lot of Welterweights. I’m no supporter of MMA math, but in recent times both guys have fought Warlley Alves; James won by KO, Sergio lost by KO. Need I say anymore?</p><p><em><strong>UFC Sao Paulo: </strong>Blachowicz vs Souza will be on Saturday the 16th November live from Sao Paulo, Brazil</em></p><p><strong>UFC Fight Night 164 Prediction: </strong>1.5u on James Krause @ [1.53] [-188] with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Coral">Coral</a></p></div>
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