UFC vet had a spot on prediction of Makhachev vs Oliveira

Few fans anticipated that Islam Makhachev would defeat Charles Oliveira, much less submit him. However, that wasn’t the case for James Krause. He correctly anticipated how the UFC 280 main event would go when it was first announced.

Many people felt Khabib Nurmagomedov was being arrogant when he said his protégé will defeat Oliveira and ‘ride him like a horse’. In the main event of UFC 280, Islam Makhachev proved Khabib to be correct and won by submission in the second round to become the lightweight champion.

James Krause is a former UFC welterweight contender who is now a successful coach and some say a tout.

He predicted the result on his YouTube channel months earlier.

“I got to be honest, I think Makhachev is going to make this look easy. I could look like an idiot here. I think Islam is going to grab him. I think he’s going to beat him up on the fence.”

He added: “I know Oliveira always seems to find a way, but we’re talking about a guy who’s been dropped like six times in his last two fights. You can only slip through the cracks so much. And I feel like he’s slipped through the cracks a couple of times now.”

Krause previously bragged he made more money betting than competing in UFC. He’s one of the UFC vets that are bound to be significantly impacted by the UFC’s Code of conduct change that prohibits UFC athletes and their coaches/teams from making wagers.

“Athletes are prohibited from placing any wagers (directly or through a third party) on any UFC match, including placing any wagers on themselves. In most states with legalized sports betting, wagering by an athlete (directly or through a third party) on any MMA match put on by a promoter with which they are affiliated is illegal and may result in criminal sanction. ” – reads statement of UFC CBO Hunter Campbell.