UFC flyweight Jeff Molina as part of an ongoing investigation into James Krause’s betting scandal.
Molina’s suspension was Dec. 15. He will continue to be suspended while the investigation is ongoing.
” Evidence has been brought to our attention leading to the allegation that respondent Jeff Molina was in some significant way involved in the gambling scheme currently being investigated by James Krause,” Joel Bekker, Nevada deputy attorney general, said at the hearing.
Molina, who is currently ranked by the UFC as a top 15 flyweight, is the latest fighter to get caught up in the gaming investigation surrounding Krause, who was also suspended by the commission in a formal meeting this past December.
The initial investigation into Krause started after his fighter Darrick Minner lost to Shayilan Nuerdanbieke by first-round TKO at UFC Vegas 64. The odds of Minner winning the fight were dramatically changed by sportsbooks, with Minner being a major underdog.
Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Minner this December for not disclosing a preexisting injury before his fight. Minner was also released from the UFC after the investigation launched.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has banned all wagering on UFC bouts by sportsbooks due to the controversy. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario in Canada also made it clear that no UFC betting establishments could accept bets for any bouts. This was due to “betting integrity concerns .”
Krause was effectively expelled from the UFC. The promotion issued an edict saying that anyone who continues to coach him or train at Glory MMA and Fitness would be banned from competing in the UFC. Krause was a co-worker with many UFC fighters, including Molina and UFC interim Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno.
Details surrounding the full investigation haven’t been revealed yet so it’s unknown how exactly Molina is tied the betting scandal involving Krause but it appears there was allegedly enough related evidence for the commission to issue a suspension.
Molina will be on temporary suspension while the Krause investigation continues.
Suspensions issued like the one in Nevada will typically be honored by all other athletic commissions, which means Molina will likely be unable to compete until the investigation is completed. Molina currently sports an 11-2 record overall with a 3-0 resume in the UFC.