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UFC Lincoln’s James Krause to fellow fighters: ‘You can’t let the sport take your life away’

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At 32 years of age, veteran fighter James Krause is not letting himself be completely consumed by his chosen career path. While he says he still feels he is getting better everyday, he does not intend to prolong his career too much.

It is the one reality of prizefighting that he is aware of: not knowing when to call it quits. And he sees its prevalence very much among his peers.

“I see some of these guys, the older guys that they couldn’t quit the sport,” Krause told MMAjunkie. “They couldn’t quit the drug. I see these guys that can’t even tie their damn shoes, man. They can’t even form complete sentences, sometimes. And I don’t want to be that guy.”

“I want to be the guy that quits one fight too early than ones who fight too late.”

Krause defines fighting as “easy money”, in a sense that fighters get to earn a significant enough amount while doing what they are set out to do. But even so, he advises them to not be trapped in the mindset of just wanting to earn, while putting their health at risk too much.

“You can’t let the sport take your life away,” Krause said. “I’d dedicate my life to it, but the sport will never take my life, if that makes any sense at all.”

“There’s so much more to life than this (fighting),” he continued. “This doesn’t last long. 10 years, 15 years? If you live to be 80, it’s a small portion of your life.

Krause (25-7, with 20 wins by stoppage), who is currently on a four-fight win streak, will be facing Warlley Alves this Saturday, August 25th at UFC Fight Night 135 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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