Following the fight involving Darrick Minner on November 5, 2022, the UFC was informed by sources that suspicious betting patterns were observed on the fight. In the weeks following the fight, the UFC cooperated with several ongoing government investigations into the facts and circumstances surrounding that contest. On November 18, the Nevada State Athletic Commission notified the UFC and Minner’s trainer James Krause that Krause’s license was suspended and would remain suspended while NSAC investigates the matter. The UFC has since informed Krause and the respective managers working with the affected fighters, that effective immediately, fighters who choose to continue to be trained by Krause or who continue to train at his gym, will not will not be permitted to participate in UFC events pending the outcome of the aforementioned government investigations. Additionally, the UFC released Darrick Minner from the organization.
Besides the safety and health of its fighters, the UFC believes that there is no more important element of professional mixed martial arts than the integrity of the sport. Weeks before Minner’s fight, the organization sent an official notification to all fighters and members of their teams that they and certain other defined “insiders” were banned from betting on UFC events. It was an extension of the UFC’s pre-existing (and since updated) Fighter Code of Conduct as well as an acknowledgment of various state, federal and international laws and regulations expressly prohibiting conduct that threatens the integrity of the sport, including but not limited to, insider betting based on non-public information, fight-fixing and other similar misconduct. The UFC will continue to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure compliance with and enforcement of its policies and those of the jurisdictions in which it operates.