Another unfortunate injury has forced lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg out of his expected bout at UFC 161 against Sam Stout (19-8-1). Stepping in for Vallie-Flagg is 26-year-old James Krause (19-4) who is currently riding a 7-fight win streak.
Wednesday afternoon the news was announced by promotional officials and confirmed by James Krause’s management.
Krause first became a part of the UFC as a contestant on The Ultimate Figher Live. In the elimination bouts to gain entry to the house, Krause was TKO’d by Justin Lawrence. After he was eliminated, Krause returned to fight with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). With RFA, Krause accumulated five wins, three of which have come by way of knockout or submission. He will now join fellow RFA turned UFC fighters, Brandon Thatch and Tim Elliot in the promotion.
“Honestly, getting called up to the UFC is a great feeling, but the best part is all of the people calling me, writing me, and texting me to congratulate me and thank me for being an inspiration for them,” Krause stated via press release. “Being an inspiration to kids is the best part about it. It really feels great to finally get here. It just shows hard work pays off and anyone can get here if they put everything into it. I’m not a freak athlete or anything, I just work really hard.”
In Krause’s most recent match-ups, he submitted Joe Jordan just 19 seconds into the third round at RFA 5. He then went the distance with Toby Imada and earned a unaniomus decision victory.
Krause will have a tough test ahead in facing Canadian native, Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout who’s put on five Fight of the Night performances and one Knockout of the Night performance in the UFC. At 2-1 in his last three, Stout has earned decision victories over Spencer Fisher and Caros Fodor respectively.
“Sam Stout is a great opponent. The UFC called me last month to fight (TUF Smashes winner) Norman Parke on the FOX card in San Jose, after Jon Tuck got injured. I would have had to cut 28-pounds in 6 days. The last time I did that it did not work out and affected my performance. I told Joe Silva though, the next time you call me, I’ll be ready,” Krause said.
UFC 161 takes place on Saturday, June 15th at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans will serve as the main event.