James Krause got the call last minute to take on Canada’s own Sam Stout at UFC 161. He made the most in his UFC debut, winning via a guillotine choke with 13 seconds left on the clock.
“I snuck it in and I knew I could finish him,” said Krause to MMA Fighting. “He held out for a longtime, but I was not letting go. I was going to ride it out until the death of me and I did not want to go to a decision here in Canada. I love Canada, but some of their decisions they’ve been pulling is not where I want to be.”
During the fight, the two could be seen trading jokes in-between blows, even after Krause made Stout a bloody mess in the opening round with a kick right next to the eye. For his performance, Krause was awarded Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.
Krause appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 15, but was unable to land a spot in the final 16. He would return to Resurrection Fighting Alliance and take five wins before the UFC asked him to take the contest with two weeks until the show.
While Stout has been apart of the UFC since 2006 with plenty of fights going to the judges, he has a ton of bonus checks for time served in the Octagon.
UFC 161 came from the MTS Centre yesterday, June 15.